The cinema world’s eyes maybe firmly fixed on Hollywood for Sunday night’s Oscars, but not before France held its own film award ceremony, the prestigious Cesars.
Actress Jodie Foster announced the winner for best film – ‘‘Of Gods and Men’‘. The story is about the unsolved murder of French monks in Algeria, during a brutal civil conflict in the 1990’s. The seven members of a Trappist order lived in a monastery south of Algiers and disappeared after a savage wave of killings. Only their severed heads were ever recovered and the exact circumstances of the deaths remains unclear.
It was also a good night for Roman Polanski. Now free from house arrest, the French-Polish director was named best director for his recent political thriller, The Ghost Writer.