On 28 February, the French cinema will gather to celebrate the 45th ceremony of Caesar. An edition marked by several controversies, and the resignation of the Académie des César. But does it really impact the evening of the 28th of February ? Part of the answer.
J-14 before the Cesar 2020. However, this is not the time for the feast. The ceremony is more than ever in turmoil. It all began at a dinner of revelations in which two of the actors were denied their choice of godmother (namely, Virginie Despentes and Claire Denis). A few days later, this is another controversy that swells : the twelve nominations of the film I accuse, of Roman Polanski, who himself is accused of sexual assault. So many of the controversies that seem to push the stars of French cinema to boycott the ceremony. At the height of the crisis – as 200 celebrities have signed a petition to denounce the functioning of the Academy of Caesar – an unexpected development took place. This Thursday, February 13, the direction of Caesar announced his ” collective resignation “.
“To honor those who made the film in 2019, to regain serenity and to ensure that the festival of the cinema remains a party, the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of the Film took the unanimous decision to resign. This collective resignation will allow the complete renewal of the management “, has announced in a press release Alain Terzian, president of the Academy. A decision that will affect the 45th ceremony of Caesar ?
The change, it is not now
It is the 28th of February next as Florence Foresti will have the arduous task of presenting Caesar. Or in two weeks. Except that this drama should not have consequences on this evening. The main changes will actually take place in the aftermath of it. In its press release, the Academy has revealed that the General Assembly will meet after the ceremony. The goal is clear : “Elect a new leadership for the preparation of amendments of the articles of association the founders of the Association for the Promotion of the Film, and to implement the modernization measures announced “.
In the meantime, the 4 700 voting members, the list of which is confidential, still have plenty of time to vote in order to designate the winners. The closing of the votes will take place on February 28 at 16h. In the Face of controversy, their votes will be in contrast to the symbol – or non – awareness. Some might use their votes to snub the cinema of Roman Polanski. Answer on the 28th February next.