Eight of the nine nominees played at this year's Festival de Cannes. They include well-received films such as The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, La Guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War), Valérie Donzelli, and Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki. The last two films are submissions by Finland and France respectively for the Academy Award's Best Foreign Language Film category.
The exception that didn't play at the Cannes Festival is Tomboy by Céline Sciamma. However, the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize) winner from Cannes, Polisse by Maïwenn, did not make the short list.
The jury is composed of 20 members, made up of a group of film critics and personalities who are culturally significant. Gilles Jacob is the president of the jury, and perhaps not coincidentally the president of Festival de Cannes.
Last year's winners of the Prix Louis-Delluc were Mystères de Lisbonne (Mysteries of Lisbon) by Raoul Ruiz, and Belle Epine (Beautiful Thorn) by Rebecca Zlotowski.
The Prix Louis-Delluc will be awarded on December 16, 2011 at Fouquet's in Paris.
Complete list of the 69th annual Prix Louis-Delluc nominees
Shortlisted for the Prix Louis-Delluc
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de maison close) (House of Tolerance), Bertrand Bonello
L'Exercice de l'Etat (The Minister), Pierre Schoeller
La Guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War), Valérie Donzelli
Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki
Hors Satan (Outside Satan), Bruno Dumont
Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro (The Snows of Kilimanjaro), Robert Guédiguian
Pater, Alain Cavalier
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
Tomboy, Céline Sciamma
Shortlisted for the Prix Louis-Delluc for Debut Film
17 filles (17 Girls), Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin
Donoma, Djinn Carrenard
Jimmy Rivière, Teddy Lussi-Modeste
Mafrouza (5 films), Emmanuelle DemorisNous, Princesse de Clèves, Régis Sauder