Accompanied by the music of Piovani for life is beautiful, interpreted by the pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Benigni took the stage at the famous Olympia theatre to take the statuette and has immediately won the room with a speech delivered entirely in French. “It's wonderful to receive this award in the country that is the temple of the cinema, and that creates the joy, the culture,” said Benigni, by defining “cocasse”, eccentric, and brave, the choice of the jury. The guest of honor for this twenty-fifth edition of the awards are the French equivalent of the Golden Globes, the Italian artist, 67 years, it was dismissed jokingly on his long career. “We are only at the beginning,” he joked, quoting from a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé: “A roll of the dice will never abolish chance”. Another guest of honour of the ceremony was the director of the Greek Costa-Gavras , celebrated for his long political engagement from a message of the actor Matthieu Kassovitz .
To triumph in this twenty-fifth edition of the Prix Lumières, chaired by Isabelle Huppert , was the film Les Misérables that will represent France at the Oscars. The film Ladj Ly shot in the banlieues of Montfermeil has won three awards: best film, best revelation of the male ( Alexis Manenti that he called on stage the young interpreter, Issa Perica ) and best screenplay. Manenti, who on screen is a cop hard, he recalled how Les Misérables is inspired by true events in the parisian suburbs. The film Roman Polanski , The official and spy, has been recognized for the director. Polanski, at the centre of a new controversy due to allegations of sexual violence, though, was not present. Much appreciated by the foreign press, even the Portrait of the young woman in flames Cécile Sciamma that is enjoying great success in the United States. One of the protagonists, the actress Noémie Merlant , rewarded as the best actress, has explained that the work seeks to remedy a lack in the cinema, “one of an imaginary female”. “We hope that this movement continues,” he added, with a reference to MeToo.
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