Nominees of the 34th Cesar Awards Unveiled

A day following the announcement of the 81st Academy Awards' nominees, the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have uncovered their official selections for the 34th Cesar Awards. On Friday, January 23, gangster movie "Mesrine" has been given ten nominations for the France's top awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Jean-Francois Richet.

Apart from the two mentioned gongs, "Mesrine", which is the third highest grossing French film in 2008, also garnered a Best Actor nod for leading actor Vincent Cassel. It also collected two more counts in the category of Adapted Screenplay for Abdel Raouf Dafri and Jean-Francois Richet, and of Cinematography for Robert Gantz.

In the foreign film nominations, Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" were put in competition with Bouli Lanners' "Eldorado", Matteo Garrone's "Gomorra", Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Lorna's Silence", James Gray
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Sdcc '08: Alex Aja to Release 'Furia' Here in the States

During an interview with Alex Aja at the San Diego Comic Con, he revealed that we might finally see a DVD release of his '99 movie, Furia, on DVD sometime soon. The film is a futuristic fable comparable to George Orwell's 1984, Furia offers a bleak peek into humankind's possible fate. The future government has obliterated any political opposition by shutting them down, as well as reigning in creative pursuits such as art and music. Aaron (Pierre Vaneck) is a local bartender who can only see in monochrome after an operation inflicted on him by government drones; he was assigned to this fate after being caught painting. His two sons, Theo (Stanislas Merhar) and Laurence couldn't be more different from each other. Laurence works for the oppressive government forces, while Theo takes on his father's mantle and actively defies the rules by painting on any public surface he can find.
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