A few days before the ceremony planned in Paris is an earthquake. Everything is born from an appeal published a few days ago by Le Monde, signed by over four hundred actors, directors, authors and actors and directors to report a "management opaque and elitist". Many of the names who have signed the protest, to Léa Seydoux at Gilles Lellouche, by Bertrand Tavernier and Omar Sy in Marion Cotillard.
The published text called for a complete renovation of the vertices after a few incidents. One of the episodes that trigger, as reported by the actress Marina Fois who has participated in the appeal, was the refusal of the Academy to take that as a godmother to a young actor, the writer Virginie Despentes. The effect of the protest was disruptive. In announcing the reset of the vertices, the academy of the Césars, he explained, want to promote the "return to serenity and make the film festival a celebration".
"These resign - he explains in the press release will allow for the complete renewal of the management". Among the points raised in the text in Le Monde, there are the "dysfunction", "the opacity of the accounts or the statutes based on the "co-optation". The list of members of the Academy, composed by 4,700 professionals of the cinema, it's a secret. To take part, you will need two sponsors internal and have attended at least three films in five years.
this year's edition of the César had already been at the centre of controversy due to 12 nominations, assigned to Roman Polanski with his film "J'accuse" (released in Italy under the title "The official and the light") after the director had been the subject of new allegations of sexual violence. Polanski is also one of the members of the board of the academy of the César formed by 47 professionals, including 39 men. Another reason that has fueled the tensions in a phase in which on the way to the need of equality also in the seventh art. Several feminist groups had threatened to boycott the ceremony scheduled for 28 February at the Salle Pleyel. In the coming days, the Centre national de Cinéma, will lead the renewal of the academy and the amendments to the statute, with the promise of a revolution in the sign of transparency and equality.
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