With 11 nominations each, including Best Film and Best Director, Marguerite , portrait of a diva’s voice to the pan in the 1920s, and the story initiatory Three memories of my youth are most often selected.
They are ahead of Dheepan by Jacques Audiard, Golden Palm at the last Cannes Film Festival in France on the course of Sri Lankan refugees, competing in nine categories. Some will see a way to tackle the Cannoise selection 2015 and to do justice to one of the great forgotten of the competition (Desplechin in the Directors’ Fortnight and Giannoli at the Venice Film Festival).
But this superficial reading can not be validated: the nomimations include virtually all films seen at the last Cannes Film Festival. So much so that it could almost become a reproach.
Where are included eg A + A , by Claude Lelouch notable achievement that stands out as the best film of the filmmaker for eons, or the formidable documentary Pauline pulls (selected ACID) that deserved to figure in all categories as it contains more cinema than 90% of the annual French production? Why Jean-Hugues Anglade amounts to peak in I am a soldier is unjustly ignored by the industry professionals? Similarly, where comedies are? Why New does not compete for the Caesar Best First Film? And by extension, why one we continues to say that he saved the French cinema of the crisis in 2015, namely Kev Adams does not deserve its sesame?
Reflection of France today
As a response to the endless controversies on “ absences “- including the one that just hit our friends across the Atlantic – the appointments were apparently exempted vigilant so as not to offend anyone, giving a large place to cultural diversity and to leave the possibility all sensitivities to be expressed. Some will note that the directors are particularly honored. Mustang , the feature debut of Franco-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, spirited ode to freedom and emancipation story of five teenage sisters in Turkey, which also represents France for the Oscar best foreign film, raid on his side eight nominations, including best film and best director. Other films directed by women, My King Maïwenn, scalpel narrative of a destructive passion, and High Head Emmanuelle Bercot, story of a young offender respectively eight and seven nominations harvest.
Also, dealing with social subjects ( High Head, The Market Act ) or engaged with the world ( Mustang Dheepan ), Caesar also reflect some parity, with three women and four men in the categories Best Film and Best Director. Furthermore, Fatima Philippe Faucon, a moving portrait of immigrant housekeeper, already awarded the Louis Delluc Prize, is in turn named four times, including for Best Film. The law of the market Stéphane Brizé, powerful film about the world of work, three times, including in the premier class.
In the category Best Actor, Tamil Antonythasan Jesuthasan, actor Dheepan , will play the title the superstar of French cinema Gerard Depardieu ( Valley of Love ), already rewarded in this category for The Last Metro and Cyrano de Bergerac . Vincent Lindon unemployed humiliated in the market for the Act, Fabrice Luchini in gruff magistrate for L’Hermine , Jean-Pierre Bacri in depression for Life very private gentleman Sim Vincent Cassel seducer for My King and François Damiens in father determined to find her daughter in The Cowboys also compete to succeed Pierre Niney in Yves Saint Laurent .
Among women, the leading actress of Fatima Soria Zeroual, born in 1970 in Algeria and housekeeper in life, is among the appointees, alongside the Moroccan actress Lubna Abidar for Much Loved , a film about prostitution banned in Morocco. They compete Catherine Frot ( Marguerite ), Isabelle Huppert ( Valley of Love ), which will try to win for the second time the title, and Catherine Deneuve ( The Head high ), vying for a third statuette after those of Last Metro and Indochina . Emmanuelle Bercot in My King and Cécile de France in La Belle season are also in the race.
Last year, this is the movie Franco-Mauritanian Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako, chronicling daily life in northern Mali under the control of jihadists, who triumphed with seven awards, including best film.