French Cinema has held its version of the Oscars after a year of box office and critical success. The film Seraphine directed by Martin Provost picked up 7 Cesars including best film.
Yolande Moreau, who plays Seraphine, was awarded the Cesar for best actress for her portrayal of the maid whose talents as a painter were discovered by a German art collector on the eve of the First World War. The Cesar for best actor went to Vincent Cassel in “Mesrine,” another story based on real life, this time the tale of a gangster. “Mesrine” won three Cesars, including the best director award to Jean-Francois Richet. The Cesar for the best foreign film went to Israeli Ari Folman’s animated look at the horrors of the 1982 war in Lebannon