Deniz Gamze Ergüven – Mustang

Turkish-French film maker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s stunning debut feature has already proved a hit on the award’s circuit. This tale of five orphaned sisters growing up on Turkey’s Black Sea coast recently walked away with the Prix Lumière  for Best Film and collected four Césars at Friday night’s ceremony including Best First Feature and Best Original Screenplay. And it’s…

Arnaud Desplechin wins Best Director César

Arnaud Desplechin beat stiff competition from Emmanuelle Bercot, Maiwenn, Deniz Gamze Erguven, Xavier Giannoli and Jacques Audiard to take home the Best Director César for Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse. Deniz Gamze Erguven did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. She won the César for Best First Film and Best Editing as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best…

Timbuktu wins big at French Césars ahead of Oscar ceremony

Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised  Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best…

Diplomatie – Volker Schlondorff

André Dussollier and Niels Arustrup engage in a captivating battle of words in German director Volker Schlondorff’s adaptation of the 2011 hit play Diplomatie by French playwright Cyril Gely. Similar in theme to George Clooney’s The Monuments Men  – notably the importance of preserving a country’s cultural heritage – Diplomatie verbally twists and turns as…

Gallienne wins big at French cinema Oscars

Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garcons et Guillaume à Table (Me, Myself and Mum) was the big winner at the Cesar award ceremony in Paris on Friday night.  The film picked up awards for Best Picture, Best First Feature, Best Actor for Gallienne himself,  Best adapted screenplay and Best editing. Earlier this year, the film won the Best…