THE CÉSAR AWARD
16, 23 & 30 August and 6 September - 6:30 pm
The César Award is the national film award of France. It is delivered in the Nuit des César ceremony and was first awarded in 1976. The nominations are selected by the members of twelve categories of filmmaking professionals and supported by the French Ministry of Culture.
The nationally televised award ceremony is held in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris each year in February. It is an initiative from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma which was founded in 1975.
The César Award is considered the highest film honor in France, the French film industry’s equivalent to the Molière Award for theatre, and the Victoires de la Musique for music. In cinema, it is the French equivalent of the Academy Award in the United States, the BAFTA Awards in the United Kingdom and the AACTA Awards in Australia.
The award was created by Georges Cravenne, who was also the creator of the Molière Award for theatre. The name of the award comes from the sculptor César Baldaccini (1921–1998) who created it.
The 41st César Awards ceremony took place on 26 February 2016, with Claude Lelouch acting as the President of the ceremony. Fatima, directed by Philippe Faucon, won the award for Best Film.
With the support of IFCinéma - Institut français
All movies with English subtitles
|Tuesday 16 August - 6:30 pm - Conference Hall
Fatima by Philippe Faucon
2015 - 1h19min
Fatima lives with her two teenage daughters. She speaks French badly and lives in frustration in her daily contact with her daughters ... One of the outstanding films of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2015, Louis Delluc Prize, César 2016 for best film of the year, best adaptation and César Award of most Promising actress for Zita Hanrot.
|Tuesday 23 August - 6:30 pm - Conference Hall
Capitaine Conan by Bertrand Tavernier
1995 - 2h13min
Bulgaria near the end of World War I: Conan, warrior and wolf, leads a band of 50 ruthless French fighters who love hand-to-hand combat. Their motto: "We forgot to take prisoners, Captain." At war’s end, the unit goes to Bucharest, where Conan tries to keep them out of trouble, defends them when they behave as warriors, and finds he’s unsuited for peacetime. His friendship with Norbert, a teacher turned lieutenant, is tested when Norbert accepts a job as court-martial prosecutor because he’s learned that Conan will be facing charges and he wants to protect his friend. When they are sent to the Russian border to fight Bolsheviks, Conan is back in his element and Norbert is off the hook.
|Tuesday 30 August - 6:30 pm - Conference Hall
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Des Pallières
2013 - 2h02min
In the sixteenth century, somewhere in the Cevennes, Michael Kohlhaas, a successful horse trader leads a wealthy and happy family life. Victim of injustice, this pious and upright man raises an army and begins to sack cities in order to restore his rights.
|Tuesday 6 September - 6:30 pm - Conference Hall
Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako
2013 - 1h40min - Drama
Non loin de Tombouctou tombée sous le joug des extrémistes religieux, Kidane mène une vie simple et paisible dans les dunes, entouré de sa femme et de son fils de 12 ans. En ville, les habitants subissent, impuissants, le régime de terreur des djihadistes. Fini la musique et les rires, les cigarettes et même le football...