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FFF titles take César gongs

Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang took four awards apiece to top the gong-count at France’s César awards on the weekend.

The top honour went to Philippe Faucon’s Fatima (pictured, top), which premiered in last year’s Directors Fortnight at Cannes. Faucon also took the Adapted Screenplay award, while Zita Hanrot took a Newcomer gong for her performance as Nesrine. Surprisingly, Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner Dheepan, currently screening here in the Alliance Française French Film Festival (AFFFF), turned none of its nine nominations into gongs.

Marguerite, also here in the AFFFF, won Césars for Best Actress (Catherine Frot), Costumes, Set Decoration, and Sound.

Other AFFFF titles winning Césars included Valley of Love (Cinematography), although both its leads Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert missed out. L’Hermine (Courted) gave Sidse Babett Knudsen a Supporting Actress win. Knudsen’s best known internationally for her turn as the feisty Danish PM in Borgen.

Courted, for which Sidse (right) has a Cesar nod as Best Actress

Courted, for which Knudsen (right) won Supporting Actress

Almost a year to the day since it flew off with the Best Film Oscar, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman took the Foreign Film César.

The 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival will play in 12 cities, and is currently screening in Auckland and Wellington.

The César awards were presented 27 Febraury (NZ time). The winners were:

BEST FILM
Fatima, dir: Philippe Faucon

BEST ACTOR
Vincent Lindon, La Loi Du Marché

BEST DIRECTOR
Arnaud Desplechin, My Golden Days

BEST ACTRESS
Catherine Frot, Marguerite

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Birdman, dir: Alejandro G Inarritu

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Mustang

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Benoit Magimel, La Tête Haute

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
Warren Ellis, Mustang

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Philippe Faucon, Fatima

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sidse Babett Knudsen, L’Hermine

BEST SET DECORATION
Martin Kurel, Marguerite

BEST FIRST FILM
Mustang, dir: Deniz Gamze Erguven

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Tomorrow, dirs: Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent

BEST EDITING
Mathilde Van De Moortel, Mustang

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christophe Offenstein, Valley Of Love

BEST SOUND
François Musy and Gabriel Hafner, Marguerite

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Le Petit Prince, dir: Mark Osborne

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Le Repas Dominical, dir: Céline Devaux

BEST NEWCOMER (MALE)
Rod Paradot, La Tête Haute

BEST COSTUMES
Pierre-Jean Larroque, Marguerite

BEST SHORT FILM
La Contre Allée, dir: Cécile Ducrocq

BEST NEWCOMER (FEMALE)
Zita Hanrot, Fatima

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