Césars 2023: appointments in reflection of public successes of French cinema

The Academy distinguished two surprises of the year 2022, “L’Inocent” and “The night of 12”.

by Mathieu Macheret

The main lines of the 48 e Césars ceremony, scheduled for Friday, February 24 at Olympia, in Paris, are cleared at the announcement of appointments, which draw a field of a field each year election within French cinema. As usual, it is a certain showcase of the author’s cinema that distinguishes itself, that which has been able to bring the public into the room in the difficult context of the sanitary after-crisis. At the head of the gondola, there are therefore two surprises of the year 2022: the Innocent, of Louis Garrel (eleven nominations), followed closely by the night of 12, of Dominik Moll (ten nominations), which brought together, Respectively, nearly 700,000 and 500,000 spectators. Notable fact: the two chase on the lands of the thriller, but in radically opposite tones. The first by following the wacky slope of a family robbery plan, the second by brushing the black survey into an irresolved feminicide case in the alpine forepays, while pushing the reflection on the curse of men’s relationships- Women.

This so -called “environment” cinema, reflecting the balances between concern for good quality and public scope, which is added to Cédric Klapisch (nine appointments), is surrounded on its sides by two other categories of production. On the one hand, the “heavyweight” of the industry, embodied this year by November, of Cédric Jimenez (seven nominations), another thriller retracing the operations of anti -terrorism following the attacks of 2015, according to a formula towards a American efficiency.

On the other side, on the research side, it is the unclassifiable pacific. Tourment on the islands, by Albert Serra, experience of fiction without a net which concentrates most of the expectations, is nine nominations including one for its interpreter Benoît Magimel, irresistible in the skin of a Polynesian prefect. In the same niche, Saint Omer, of Alice Diop (four appointments including that for the best first film), a disappointed candidate of France to the Oscars, arouses hopes for his rigorous reconstruction of a trial of infanticide mother, stressing the biases Instruction racists.

No director

Following the cascade eddies that the Caesars Academy in 2020 had suffered, having led to the renewal of its statutes as its members, the institution still displays signs of reform which are not always followed by effects . Thus we can be surprised, for example, that for the César of the best realization does not appear any director, a fortiori a year when these were particularly present in theaters-Review Paris, by Alice Winocour (an appointment) , but also the children of others, of Rebecca Zlotowski, one fine morning, of Mia Hansen-Løve or Bowling Saturn, of Patricia Mazuy, so many great successes absent from the votes.

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