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César, Paris triumphs Polanski among the protests of the feminists: the director has deserted the ceremony
the PARIS - In spangles and sequins. Outside screams, clashes, tear gas. It was a ceremony, a surreal one organised for the César award, the Oscars of French cinema. The party was overtaken by the violent scuffles between police and groups of feminists have come once again to say, their indignation for the 12 nominations, assigned to the last film, Roman Polanski's "The officer and the spy".

To lead the protest outside the Salle Pleyel, there was the association Osez le Feminisme that had covered the walls with slogans such as "Violanski", underlining the impunity of the director accused by several women of sexual violence. Actors and directors have had to go through smoke, inside a cordon of safety, to reach the red carpet. Many of the defections, starting from the one - advocated by some - of Roman Polanski who, at the time of the nomination, had instead been greeted guest reviews "without morals" of the academy.
César, the feminists against Polanski. The protests degenerate: clashes with the police
The Polish director of the 86-year-old was absent after having explained to want to steal a "court of self-proclaimed". A choice that the minister of Culture has called "wise". Yesterday, the French manufacturer has denounced a "lynching" and in the afternoon it was discovered that the entire cast of the film -. Jean Dujardin with Louis Garrel to his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, had decided to desert philosophy of the ceremony.

Another sensational forfeit of the match was Brad Pitt. The French academy wanted to give a career award to the american actor that, in view of the tensions, he finally decided not to show up. Until the last are lost also artists willing to forgive the press: many contacted have wanted to stay away from the uncomfortable stage.

The protest outside the film festival is only the end of an unprecedented crescendo of controversy. Fifteen days ago, the French academy has, since 1976, is organizing the award ceremony had presented to resign under the pressure of one part of the industry. Over four hundred actors, directors, authors and actors and directors had in fact denounced a "management opaque and elitist". Among the names who had signed the protest, to Léa Seydoux at Gilles Lellouche, by Bertrand Tavernier and Omar Sy in Marion Cotillard. The renewal envisioned is expected to bring more equality in the vertices of the academy (who were 39 men on the 47-member) and a method of voting more transparent.

waiting for a reform of the statutes that is underway, the chair long occupied by the timeless producer Alain Terzian was assumed ad interim by the producer Margaret Ménégoz. "Welcome to the latest, sorry to quarantacinquesima edition of the César" said Florence Foresti who led the ceremony. The humorist, very involved in the movement MeToo, has sued Polanski with various nicknames, "ro-ro", "Popo", and then conclude: "I have decided that it is not large enough to give shade to the rest of the nominees". And then it became a long round of applause for Adele Haenel, actress for 'Portrait of a young man in fiammè Celine Sciamma - in the race with 11 nominations - and icon of the feminist movement of the French after that, in November last, has denounced the director Christophe Ruggia harassment when she was a teenager.

Haenel and director Sciamma are outputs from the hall controversially when, towards midnight, it was announced that the prize for best director was awarded to roman Polanski. "Give it an award it would be like spit in the face to the victims," said the actress a few days ago. "The officer and the spy" also won the award for adaptation and the one for the costumes. Many women protagonists of the ceremony, from the elegance of Fanny Ardant (best actress in a leading role for "La Belle Epoque"), to the tears of Flora Volpelière (best editing for "The Wretched"), to the appeal of Claire Mathon (best cinematography for the film, Sciamma): "I Hope that the women who make cinema in the future will follow equality and diversity". And the award for the best film went to "les Miserables" of Ladj Ly, the film recounts the life of police officers of the banlieues, already in the Oscar race. "It is time to lower weapons and to join," said the director, who grew up in the suburbs of Montfermeil - The only enemy is not the other, but the misery".

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