Roman Polański Wins César Award
Photo courtesy of Monolith Films
Roman Polański received this year’s César award for Best Director for his feature Venus in Fur, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Polański’s Eighth César
The 39th César awards ceremony of the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Technique (Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma) was held on February 28, 2014 at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The César award for Best Director for his work on Venus in Fur marks Polański’s eighth win of this prestigious award. In past years, he received the César awards in 1980 for Tess (Best Film and Best Director), in 2003 for The Pianist (Best Film and Best Director), in 2011 for The Ghost Writer (Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, together with Robert Harris), and in 2012 for Carnage, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute (Best Adapted Screenplay).
Venus in Fur, Co-Financed by the Polish Film Institute
Roman Polański’s latest film is an adaptation of “Venus in Fur,” a stage play by David Ives who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film was made in co-production between France and Poland, produced by R.P. Productions, with Monolith Films as the film’s Polish co-producer and distributor. Starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner and lensed by Polish cinematographer Paweł Edelman, Venus in Fur is Roman Polański’s second film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
World Premiere in Cannes
The world premiere of Venus in Fur took place at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, where the film screened in Main Competition. The Polish premiere took place at the 38th Gdynia FIlm Festival. The film was released theatrically in Poland on November 8, 2013.
Other César Winners
The César awards were presented in a total of 22 categories. The top award winner this year was Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum), a film by Guillaume Gallienne, which collected a total of five Césars.
2014 César Winners:
- Best Film: Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum), directed by Guillaume Gallienne;
- Best Director: Roman Polański – Venus in Fur;
- Best Feature Animated Film: Loulou l’Incroyable Secret, directed by Éric Omond;
- Best Short Animated Film: Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos, directed by Amélie Harrault;
- Best Short Film: Avant Que de Tout Perdre, directed by Xavier Legrand;
- Best Documentary: Sur le Chemin de l’École, directed by Pascal Plisson;
- Best Foreign Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix Van Groeningen;
- Best Original Screenplay: Albert Dupontel for Neuf mois ferme (9-Month Stretch);
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Guillaume Gallienne for Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum);
- Best Actress: Sandrine Kiberlain for Neuf mois ferme (9-Month Stretch);
- Best Actor: Guillaume Gallienne for Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum);
- Best Supporting Actress: Adèle Haenel for Suzanne;
- Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup for Quai d’Orsay;
- Best Female Acting Debut: Adèle Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Colour;
- Best Male Acting Debut: Pierre Deladonchamps for L’Inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake);
- Best Directing Debut: Guillaume Gallienne for Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum);
- Best Cinematography: Thomas Hardmeier for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet;
- Best Sound: Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet, Melissa Petitjean for Michael Kohlhaas;
- Best Editing: Valérie Deseine for Les Garçons Et Guillaume, à Table! (Me, Myself and Mum);
- Best Production Design: Stéphane Rozenbaum for L’écume des jours (The Foam of the Days);
- Best Music: Martin Wheeler for Michael Kohlhaas;
- Best Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne for Renoir;
- Honorary César Award: Scarlett Johansson
César Awards of the French Film Academy
The César awards have been presented annually since 1976. The winning films are selected and voted by the 4199 members of the Academy of Cinema Arts and Technique (L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma).
Further details about the awards are available at www.academie-cinema.org.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun