Bye Bye Morons wins the César for Best Film
- Albert Dupontel’s feature film dominated the awards ceremony, scooping a total seven trophies, while Laure Calamy and Sami Bouajila were crowned best actors
It was a highly unique César ceremony which unfolded on Friday night in Paris. Rewarding the best of French film, in a year which lost several months of activity to the health crisis and its subsequent closure of French cinemas (whose curtains have been drawn, again, since 30 October) - a fact which many of those receiving or presenting awards didn’t hesitate to denounce, blasting the government with a tide of verbal cannonballs over its current handling of national culture - the event was nonetheless allowed to unspool in person (with reduced capacity and amidst strict safety protocols).
Somewhat symbolically, it was an intense, slapstick tragedy dripping in dark humour and casting a scathing look at the evils of modern-day society which triumphed on the night: Albert Dupontel’s Bye Bye Morons [+see also:
film profile] scooped seven trophies, including the titles of Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (the latter being written by the filmmaker himself). It’s a sweeping victory for a work which sits at the crossroads between arthouse and mainstream cinema, but it also reflects the potential of films whose releases were cut short as a result of health-related cinema closures, just as ticket sales were booming and, in this instance, after just nine days in cinemas in October last year, which nonetheless got the film off to a flying start in the form of 720,000 admissions (Gaumont will re-release the film as soon as cinemas re-open - a date which is still up in the air, although, for what it’s worth, there are whispers of the second half of April…). And to top off the very particular nature of this year’s César Awards, the grand champion Albert Dupontel wasn’t there to receive his trophy - not for fear of infection, but because of his long-standing refusal to take part in prize-giving ceremonies (in his opinion, art cannot be measured or compared).
The other winners, for their part, made no secret of their happiness, especially Laure Calamy and Sami Bouajila who were both named best actors for the very first time, thanks to My Donkey, My Lover and I [+see also:
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interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
film profile], respectively. Adolescentes [+see also:
film profile] by Sébastien Lifshitz likewise distinguished itself, scooping an impressive three awards (for Best Documentary and for editing and sound), while the remaining lucky few shared the various other trophies between them (works ranging from Josep [+see also:
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interview: Filippo Meneghetti
film profile], by way of Stéphane Demoustier, Émilie Dequenne, Nicolas Marié, Fathia Youssouf, Jean-Pascal Zadi, etc., and Denmark’s Thomas Vinterberg with Drunk [+see also:
film profile] which was named Best Foreign Film).
The full list of winners is as follows:
Albert Dupontel – Bye Bye Morons
Best Original Screenplay
Albert Dupontel – Bye Bye Morons
Best Supporting Actor
Nicolas Marié – Bye Bye Morons
Yolande Decarsin, Jeanne Delplancq, Fanny Martin and Olivier Goinard - Adolescentes
Alexis Kavyrchine – Bye Bye Morons
Tina Baz - Adolescentes
Best Costume Design
Madeline Fontaine – How To Be A Good Wife
Best Set Design
Carlos Conti - Adieu les cons
Best Short Film
Qu'importe si les bêtes meurent - Sofia Alaoui
Best Animated Short
L'heure de l'ours - Agnès Patron
(Translated from French)
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