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SCANDAL down in le cinéma français! The CESARS, France’s copy-and-paste version of our Oscars, in shambles after its entire board resigns

But the show must go on. The awards ceremony will take place on February 28th

"[with a view to] ... honor those involved in making cinema in 2019, to regain calm and to make the cinema festival [otherwise known as the ceremony “Les Césars”] a celebration, the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema has made the decision to resign unanimously [...]” PARIS - So read part of the press release issued by the executive board of the César Awards last ... more >

FRENCH AWARDS GET SISSAKOED, Timbuktu sweeps awards table

This year marked forty for French movie awards

At the last Cannes Festival this past May Abderrahmane Sissako's slow burn-tale about a town's descent into Islamist hell was the first movie I saw. By the end of fest (that is, about fifty movies later), "Timbuktu" waded around my brain like a very sweet but anxiety-inducing dream I once had. It's now nearly a year later now and director Sissako has triumphed as France's best filmmaker, ... more >