French cinema declares the end of a dictatorship

Sunday,
16
February
2020

19:26

The resignation of the board of the Academy and organizers of the Cesar Awards brings out the conflict for a financing system considered “outdated”

The director Michel Hazanavicius is one of the signatories of the letter.

French cinema is relieved after the resignation in block of the board of the Academy of the Csar awards and expect more democracy, modernity and diversity now within this institution, as reported Afp. The lack of parity in the organization and the protests provoked by the 12 nominations of The officer and the Spanish Roman Polanski, accused of rape, would have been the triggers of an underground crisis. It was an obsolete mode of operation that every year gave birth to a ceremony that was not the showcase that French cinema wantedYes, which is why I think it’s a very good decision, the director of The artist Michel Hazanavicius said on Friday on Europe 1 radio.

The filmmaker was one of the signatories of a grandstand that was launched on Monday by 400 personalities of the seventh French art, such as Omar Sy, Jacques Audiard or Cline Sciamma, to demand an in-depth reform of the Academy.

This resignation makes it possible to renew the board of directors, currently made up of 21 people, including the filmmakers Costa Gavras, Claude Lelouch or Toni Marshall, with less than a third of women. The goal now is to achieve a draft new statutes to be submitted to the vote of an extraordinary general assembly.

Culture Minister Franck Riester wishes on Thursday that the new direction is guided by a democratic operation and demands of openness, transparency, parity and diversity. It is the end of a dictatorship, consider Afp Pascal Rogard, general director of the Society of Theater Authors and Composers (SACD), which he described as Paraguayan regime to the presided by the resigning producer Alain Terzian. For the leader of the SACD, this steering committee was completely disconnected from today’s cinema. For the director of photography Caroline Champetier, member of the board of directors, resigning was the minimum that could be done to become aware of what is happening and new winds of change in the cinema. But beyond Cesar, this crisis also symbolizes, in his opinion, the end of nuptials between cinema and television by raising the issue of film financing for 30 years by television networks.

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