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Césars 2009

Césars 2009: And the nominees are...

By Berlioz Deborah

After the announcement of the nominees for the Oscars 2009, it is the turn of French cinema. The official selection for the Césars 2009 was revealed on 23rd January.

Three films clearly lead the field this year: The Class, Mesrine and A Christmas Tale.


The leading films 


The Class
The Class 

The Class, directed by Laurent Cantet, is the fully-wired observational tale of a term in one classroom at a Parisian junior high school. This adaptation of Francois Begaudeau’s book seems to be a real awards winner. After the Palmes d’Or in Cannes last year, and its nomination for the best foreign language film Oscar, The Class is now favourite for best film at the Césars. Cantet’s movie also got four other nominations, including best director and best adaptation. Note that the Class was also nominated for the best foreign film Oscar.

Find out more about The Class 

A Christmas Tale
A Christmas Tale


With nine nominations, A Christmas Tale confirms the French taste for intellectual, literary and tortured films. This dark and acidly funny film directed by the talented Arnaud Desplechin, depicts the story of a family haunted by its own dead people. Desplechin, with his astonishing way of portraying each member of this neurotic family really deserves his nomination. However, one could regret the absence of Mathieu Amalric amongst the best actors nominees…

Read also our review of A Christmas Tale 



But it is Mesrine, directed by Jean-François Richet, which got this year’s record: ten nominations, including best actor for Vincent Cassel, best director, best film and best music. It is not surprising when one remembers how the critics praised this gangster story. “A brilliant exercise of style”, affirmed Le Monde. Or even, “A powerful political attack on religion” said the arts magazine Les Inrockuptibles.

Read also Jacques Mesrine: the French Robin Hood or just a shameless gangster?


An hommage to Guillaume Depardieu


Guillaume Depardieu
Guillaume Depardieu

Heath Ledger won’t perhaps be the only one to receive a posthumous award this year. Amongst the five nominees for the best actors César, we can see the name of Guillaume Depardieu, who died last October due to a sudden case of pneumonia. Raised in the shadow of an extremely famous father, this talented but tortured actor managed to make his own name on the French scene. He’s here nominated for his role in “Versailles”, directed by Pierre Schoeller, where he played a dropout living in the forest near Versailles, the famous castle of Louis XIV.

Find out more about Guillaume Depardieu 




Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis: unavoidable... 



Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

We must concede that Danny Boon’s film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” is not the kind of movie we are used to seeing amongst the nominees for the Césars. But how could the academy avoid having the most successful French movie ever amongst the nominees? In fact, with more than 20 millions entries, the comedy about the North of France broke all records. A Hollywood adaptation is even about to be made, under the title “Welcome to the Sticks”. “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” is therefore nominated for the best original screenplay, alongside with “A Christmas Tale”, and “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime”, by Philippe Claudel.

Find out more about Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis 


The major nominations:

Best Actor

Vincent Cassel in Mesrine

François-Xavier Demaison in Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec

Guillaume Depardieu in Versailles

Albert Dupontel in Deux jours à tuer

Jacques Gamblin in Le premier jour du reste de ta vie


Best Actress

Catherine Frot in Le crime est notre affaire

Yolande Moreau in Séraphine

Kristin Scott Thomas in Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

Tilda Swinton in Julia

Sylvie Testud in Sagan


Best supporting Actor

Benjamin Biolay in Stella

Claude Rich in Aide-toi, le ciel t'aidera

Jean-Paul Roussillon in Un conte de Noël

Pierre Vaneck in Deux jours à tuer

Roschdy Zem in La fille de Monaco


Best supporting Actress

Jeanne Balibar in Sagan

Anne Consigny in Un conte de Noël

Edith Scob in L'heure d'été

Karin Viard in Paris

Elsa Zylberstein in Il y a longtemps que je t'aime


Best director

Rémi Bezançon, Le premier jour du reste de ta vie

Laurent Cantet, Entre les murs

Arnaud Desplechin, Un conte de Noël

Martin Provost, Séraphine

Jean-François Riche, Mesrine


Best film 

Entre les murs, by Laurent Cantet

Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, by Philippe Claudel

Mesrine, by Jean-François Richet

Paris, by Cédric Klapisch

Le premier jour du reste de ta vie, by Rémi Bezançon

Séraphin, by Martin Provost,

Un conte de Noël, by Arnaud Desplechin


Best Foreign Film

Eldorado, by Bouli Lanners

Gomorra, by Matteo Garrone

Into the wild, by Sean Penn

Le silence de Lorna, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

There will be blood, by Paul Thomas Anderson

Two lovers, by James Gray

Waltz with Bachir, by Ari Folman


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