Keyword: César awards
The Franco-Polish film director has 12 nominations for An Officer And A Spy, but there are also calls to boycott the film.
The resignation announced Thursday of the 21-member board of France's Association for the Promotion of Cinema – the organisation that oversees the country's highest cinema awards body, the César Academy – comes on the heels of an open letter by leading screen stars and filmmakers denouncing its elitist and jobs-for-life membership, and a feminist backlash following 12 César nominations for An Officer and a Spy directed by Roman Polanski.
Around 200 French cinema professionals have signed an open letter calling for the overhaul and democratisation of the organisation behind France's César awards, the country's equivalent to the Oscars, which they complain is an 'elitist and closed system'.
Feminist activists led fierce criticism of the organisers of France's top cinema awards, the Césars, after director Roman Polanski's latest film An Officer and a Spy was nominated this year for 12 awards, including best director, which one group said amounted to acclaiming 'a child abuser and rapist on the run' in a reference to Polanski's fugitive status in the US from where he fled in 1978 after admitting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.