Several titles currently playing in the Alliance Française French Film Festival (AFFFF) were up for awards at France’s César awards on the weekend, with Love at First Fight the standout performer.
Abderrahmane Sissako’s Cannes-premiered Timbuktu, seen here in last year’s NZIFF and still an Oscar contender (at time of writing), was the biggest winner in Paris on Saturday, NZ time. The film took six awards including Best Film, Director and Original Screenplay.
Titles in the AFFFF comepting for Césars included Beauty and the Beast (also seen in last year’s NZIFF), The Bélier Family, Love at First Fight, May Allah Bless France and The New Girlfriend. Love at First Fight was the night’s second most-awarded title, taking away four gongs, including Best First Feature for Thomas Cailley. The Bélier Family also left with a César.
NZIFF titles Eastern Boys, Salt of the Earth and Yves Saint Laurent were also nominated for Césars. Salt of the Earth took the doco gong. Kristen ‘Twilight’ Stewart became the first American actor to win a César, for her work in Olivier Assayas’ (Clouds of) Sils Maria, which premiered at Cannes and opens here (outside the AFFF) on 12 March via Pinnacle.
The AFFFF runs in Auckland until 8 March and tours other centres until 29 April.
The César winners were:
Abderrahmane Sissako for Timbuktu
Adele Haenel for Love at First Fight
Best Supporting Actress
Kristen Stewart for Sils Maria
Pierre Niney for Yves Saint Laurent
Best Supporting Actor
Reda Kateb for Hippocrates
Best Original Screenplay
Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall for Timbuktu
Best Adapted Screenplay
Cyril Gely, Volker Schlondorff for Diplomatie
Anais Romand for Saint Laurent
Best Set Decoration
Thierry Flamand for The Beauty and the Beast
Sofian el Fani for Timbuktu
Lilian Corbielle for Love at First Fight
Philippe Welsh, Roman Dymn, Thierry Delor for Timbuktu
Best Animated Film
Best First Film
Love at First Fight by Thomas Cailley
Best New Actress
Louane Emera for The Belier Family
Best New Actor
Kevin Azais for Love at First Fight
Best Original Music
Amine Bouhafa for Timbuktu
The Salt of the Earth by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Best Short Film
Le Femme de Rio by Emma Luchini, Nicolas Rey (WINNER)
Best Animated Short Film
Les Petits Caillous by Chloe Mazlo