Amour sweeps French César Awards
Michael Haneke’s Amour clinches five Césars. Argo wins best foreign film César.
Michael Haneke’s Amour swept the board at France’s César awards on Friday night, clinching best film, best director, best actress, best actor and best original screenplay.
Emmanuelle Riva, who turns 86 on Sunday [Feb 24], was the only Amour winner to take to the stage at Friday’s star-studded César ceremony at the Théatre du Châtelet in central Paris.
“I was so lucky at this time in my life to meet such a wonder: Michael Haneke and find a subject which touches all of us,” said Riva, who shot to fame in Alain Resnais’ 1959 classic Hiroshima Mon Amour. “It’s the first time in my life that I’ve won a César.”
Riva’s 82-year-old co-star Jean-Louis Tritignant, who clinched best actor, connected to the ceremony by telephone from Brussels where he is currently performing in a show devoted to 20th Century poets Jacques Prévert, Boris Vian and Robert Desnos.
Other successful films included Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone (De Rouille Et d’os) which won four prizes, Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell My Queen (Les Adieux à La Reine), which garnered three awards, and Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s What’s In A Name (Le Prénom), which picked up two awards.
2013 César winners
Michael Haneke, Amour
Best original screenplay
Michael Haneke, Amour
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour
Best foreign film
Argo, Ben Affleck
Best supporting actress
Valérie Benguigui, What’s In A Name
Best supporting actor
Guillaume de Tonquedec, What’s In A Name
Best upcoming actress
Izia Higelin, Mauvaise Fille
Best upcoming actor
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust And Bone
Best first film
Louise Wimmer, directed by Cyril Mennegun
Best animation film
Ernest And Celestine, directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier
Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz
Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, Rust And Bone
Romain Winding, Farewell My Queen
Antoine Deflandre, Germain Boulay and Eric Tisserand, Cloclo
Best original music
Alexandre Desplats, Rust And Bone
Best art direction
Katia Wyszkop, Farewell My Queen
Juliette Welfling, Rust And Bone
Christian Gasc, Farewell My Queen
Best short film
The Lobster Cry (Le Cri du Homard), Nicolas Guiot