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The shortage of ladies nominees was a speaking level on Friday on the Cesar Awards, France’s reply to the Oscars, regardless of the highest prize going to a movie specializing in femicide.
Greatest Movie went to “The Night time of the twelfth”, a thriller primarily based on the true story of a younger lady’s homicide.
There was a spot of Hollywood glitz because of a shock cameo by Brad Pitt, presenting David Fincher (who directed him in “Combat Membership” and “Seven”) with a lifetime achievement award.
However there was a variety of give attention to the shortage of feminine nominees, with no girls up for finest director — certainly, none have gained the award since 2000 (Tonie Marshall for “Venus Magnificence Institute”).
The one lady filmmaker whose film was within the operating for finest movie was Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, sister of France’s former first woman and singer Carla Bruni.
And her movie, “Les Amandiers” (titled “Eternally Younger” overseas) has been overshadowed by a scandal involving its star, Sofiane Bennacer, who’s being investigated by police following allegations of rape and violence in opposition to a associate.
“I am pondering of all the ladies administrators who ought to have been celebrated tonight,” stated Noemie Merlant as she accepted the very best supporting actress award for her half in “The Harmless”.
“I’m lacking them,” added Merlant, who gained worldwide consideration in 2019’s “Portrait of a Woman on Fireplace”.
There have been another victories for ladies.
Alice Diop gained finest debut for “Saint Omer” and informed the viewers: “We’re not simply passing by means of, and we’re not only a fad.
“The voice of ladies is extraordinarily essential. I hope we will probably be right here once more subsequent yr and the years after that,” she stated.
Irene Dresel grew to become the primary lady ever to win the Cesar for finest musical rating for “Full Time” and devoted her award to all girls composers, who’ve solely ever been nominated 5 instances on the Cesars.
The problem of ladies nominees was all of the extra awkward on condition that the Cesar Academy went by means of a root-and-branch renewal in 2020 after Roman Polanski, who has been convicted of raping a toddler within the Seventies, topped the record of nominees and gained finest director, triggering indignant protests.
It is not that France lacks feminine expertise: French girls administrators have taken high prizes at Cannes, Berlin and Venice within the final two years.
“Final yr, the Oscar Academy was criticised for having a range that was so white, and this yr for being so male. The 2023 Cesars mix each kinds of invisibility,” stated the 50/50 Collectif, which campaigns for elevated feminine illustration in French cinema.
In the meantime, finest actor went to Benoit Magimel for “Pacifiction” and finest actress to Virginie Efira for “Paris Reminiscences”.
However the night time belonged to “The Night time of the twelfth” which gained a complete of six awards, together with finest director for Dominik Moll.
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