César 2022: exhibitors triumph at “Illusions Perdues”

As the verdict of the official ceremony of the Académie des César approaches, exhibitors have already had the opportunity to express their favorites by participating in our traditional annual survey.

And the result is absolutely without appeal. Cinema managers seem to have more than adore the adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s work by Xavier Giannoli, Lost Illusions, to which they have awarded by less than eight prizes. The feature film triumphed in particular in the categories of best film, best adaptation or even best male hope where it counted more than 40% of the votes in each of them. Lost Illusions also won the majority of technical prizes such as those for photography, sets, costumes or even editing. He narrowly misses the prize for best director, Xavier Giannoli being very slightly ahead of Leos Carax, rewarded for the staging ofAnnette (26% versus 25%).

After having shone in theaters with 1.2 million admissions, the thriller Black Box is largely distinguished for its script since it collects 35% of the votes of exhibitors.

Two other great popular successes find their place in this list. Thus, Valérie Lemercier stands out as best actress for her performance in her own film, Alinewhile Gilles Lellouche is just ahead of Damien Bonnard for his performance in North ferry (21% versus 20%).

Awarded the prestigious Golden Lion in Venice, The event confirms that its main actress Anamaria Vartolomei will be the favorite of the César for best female hope since 27% of exhibitors vote for her in this category, just ahead of Noée Abita (26%), revealed in Slalom.

Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes, Titanium seems to have a chance of winning a Caesar for its visual effects, which were appreciated by 27% of respondents.

The Summit of the Gods promises to be an arch favorite candidate for the César for best animated film since it is approved by 59% of exhibitors.

We also note that, in addition toLost Illusionsthe other big winner of this poll turns out to be the documentary The Snow Panther which wins in no less than three categories. First of all that of the best documentary, which he largely dominates (42% of the votes), but also those of the best first film, where he is clearly ahead Gagarin (38% vs. 23%), and Best Original Score where the work of Warren Ellis and Nick Cave narrowly wins out over the composition of Ron and Russell Mael (the Sparks) for Annette (42% versus 40%).

After having shone at the last Oscar ceremony by winning the trophies for best actor and best adaptation, The Father could well win the César for best foreign film. 23% of exhibitors made Florian Zeller’s film the favorite for this award, ahead of Tehran law (19%).

Finally, on the side of short films, we note that with the great success of Bad Boys (39%), Lionel Massol and Pauline Seigland’s young company, Films Grand Huit, won the César for short fiction film exhibitors for the second year in a row.

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César 2022: exhibitors triumph at “Illusions Perdues”