France has announced its list of nominees for the Cesar, also known as the French Oscar. The ceremony will take place in Paris on February 25, the jury will be headed by screenwriter and director Daniele Thompson, Variety writes.
One of the contenders for the award will be the picture «The Almond Tree» by the French director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. It will be competed by the drama comedy «Rise» by Cedric Klapisch, the police comedy «The Innocent» by Louis Garrel, the thriller «The Night of the 12th» and the drama «Pacifiction» by Albert Serra.
Traditionally, the award for best foreign picture will also be presented as part of the film awards. This year’s shortlist also includes five films: «The Beasts» by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, «Close» by Belgian director Lukas Dhont, Tarik Saleh’s “Cairo Conspiracy,» «Ia» by Jerry Skolimowski’s “EO,” Ruben Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness.”
As in previous years, awards will also be given to the best actors, the best costume designers, composers and sound directors. «The Innocent» has the most nominations, «The Night of the 12th» has ten nominations. The films «Rise» and «Pacifiction» each received nine nominations. Rounding out the top five is the dramatic comedy «The Almond Tree» with seven nominations.
The so-called honorary «Cesar,» which is awarded for outstanding achievements in world cinematography, this year goes to American director David Fisher.