Saturday, February 21, 2015

César Awards

A great addition to Filmster would be the films selected for the César Awards, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards in the United States.

The 40th César Awards ceremony took place on 20 February 2015 in Paris. The following films were nominated for Best Film:

The winners of the most important awards are

  • Best Film:    Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Best Director:    Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Best Actress:    Adèle Haenel -- Love at First Fight (Les Combattants), Thomas Cailley
  • Best Screenplay:    Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako

Timbuktu also won Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Music, totalising seven awards!

Congratulations to Adèle Haenel, who seems to have a remarkably original personality.
See also her interview at UniversCiné.

Pierre Niney gave a vibrant speech, stressing the necessity to have in France a "youth that dreams" ("une jeunesee qui rêve") thank to the "benevolence" of the established artists. At age 25, he is the youngest recipient of the César Award for Best Actor (since 2010, he is also the youngest member of the Comédie-Française). His performance in 20 Ans d'Ecart was splendid. But above all, I would warmly recommend Casting(s), the hilarious short tv series that he co-created. Episode 1.14 MC Clash: Biopic d'un rappeur is a masterpiece of ridiculousness. Watch also Avalanche with the very funny Laurent Lafitte.

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