What film to succeed “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako , the big winner of the Césars last year? Answer this Friday evening February 26, 2016 at the Châtelet theater where the 41st Cesar ceremony will take place, a ceremony placed this year under the sign of diversity.
Of course, there are the two great favorites of the ceremony: on the one hand Arnaud Desplechin , thinking head of French auteur cinema, with Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse ; on the other hand, Xavier Giannolli , and his “ Marguerite ”, the story of a whimsical billionaire embodied by Catherine Frot , the quintessence of French elegance.
But this year, and at the very time when the absence of black actors is controversial at the Oscars across the Atlantic, films on diversity and comedians from immigration are doing well at the Césars. In the Best Actor category, the Tamil Antoni-Tasan Jesutasa is nominated for his role in Dheepan by Jacques Audiard .
As for the Best Actress trophy, it will be disputed by Soria Zeroual , a cleaning lady who became an actress and even a leading role during the time of the film Fatima by Philippe Faucon, and by the Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar , for her role as a prostitute in Much loved by Nabil Ayouch. In the race for the Césars, they will face, among others, Catherine Frot , Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve .