La Vie en Rose gets 11 nominations for French film awards
David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises to compete for best foreign film honours
The Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, directed by Olivier Dahan, and the Holocaust drama A Secret, directed by Claude Miller, have each nabbed 11 nominations for César awards, the top film honours in France.
Both are competing for best picture honours with Marjan Satrapi's animated tale of growing up in Iran, Persepolis, Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Abdellatif Kechiche's immigrant drama The Secret of the Grain.
France's Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema announced nominations in 20 categories on Friday.
Canadian director David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, a drama about a nurse who accidentally becomes involved with Russian mobsters in contemporary London, has earned a nomination for best foreign film.
It is vying with the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which won the top prize at Cannes this year, and the Oscar winner The Lives of Others.
Also nominated in the foreign film category are On the Other Side, by a German of Turkish descent, Fatih Akin, and We Own the Night, another Russian mobster film directed by American James Gray.
La Vie en Rose has nominations for best director and best screenplay as well as best actress for Marion Cotillard, who won a Golden Globe and has an Oscar nomination in the role of French singer Piaf.
Also nominated for best actress are Secret star Cécile de France, Isabelle Carré in Anna M., Marina Fois in Darling and Catherine Frot in Odette Toulemonde.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Schnabel's Oscar-nominated drama about paralyzed Elle editor Dominique Bauby, is in contention for seven Césars, including best director and best actor for star Mathieu Amalric.
In the best actor category, Amalric is competing with Michel Blanc in The Witnesses, Vincent Lindon in Those Who Remain, Jean-Pierre Darroussin in Conversations with my Gardener and Jean-Pierre Marielle in Let'sDance!
Satrapi's Persepolis nabbed nominations for best adapted screenplay and best first film, in addition to the best picture nod.
The French academy added a new documentary category last year. The nominees are:
- Terror's Advocate by Barbet Schroeder.
- Animals in Love by Laurent Charbonnier.
- Les Lip, l'imagination au pouvoir by Christian Rouaud.
- The First Cry by Gilles de Maistre.
- Return to Normandy by Nicolas Philibert.