As expected, at Friday night’s Cesar awards in Paris, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” about a single mother emigre from Morrocco raising a family and working as a maid, took home three prizes: Best Film, Breakout Actress and Adapted Screenplay. Like Jacques Audiard’s Cannes winning "Dheepan" (which was nominated for several awards but went home empty-handed), the movie resonates with the immigrant issues straining Europe right now. Kino Lorber will release the film stateside. Best Female Newcomer went to the film’s Zita Hanrot.
Catherine Frot took home Best Actress for Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite.”
While French Oscar entry “Mustang” lost Best Picture, the Deniz Gamze Ergüven film won won four other awards: First Film, Original Screenplay, Music and Editing. Arnaud Desplechin won Best Director for Cannes director’s Fortnight entry “My Golden Years.” Cannes-winner Vincent Lindon also won Best Actor for Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man.” Rod Paradot, rising star of Cannes-opener “Standing Tall," won Breakout Actor.
Michael Douglas accepted an honorary Cesar award in fluent French. Reflecting a different calendar, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” won best foreign-language film, beating this year’s Hungarian Oscar nominee, Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul."
The Cesar winners in full:
Best Film: “Fatima,” produced by Yasmina Nina-Faucon, Philippe Faucon, directed by Philippe Faucon
Best Director: Arnaud Desplechin, “Golden Years”
Best Actress: Catherine Frot, “Marguerite”
Best Actor: Vincent Lindon, “The Measure Of A Man”
Breakout Actress: Zita Hanrot, “Fatima”
Breakout Actor: Rod Paradot, “Standing Tall”
Best Supporting Actress: Sidse Babett Knudsen, “Courted”
Best Supporting Actor: Benoît Magimel, “Standing Tall”
Best First Film: “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Best Cinematography: Christophe Offenstein, “Valley of Love”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philippe Faucon, “Fatima”
Best Original Screenplay: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, “Mustang”
Best animated feature: “The Little Prince,” Mark Osborne
Best Costumes: Pierre-Jean Larroque, “Marguerite”
Best Production Design: Martin Kurel, “Marguerite”
Best Editing: Mathilde Van De Moortel, “Mustang”
Best Sound: François Musy, Gabriel Hafner, “Marguerite”
Best Music: Warren Ellis for “Mustang”
Best Foreign Film: “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu