The Caesars cut ties with certain members
The academy of the Césars on Tuesday removed the possibility for film personalities, such as director Roman Polanski, to be members “by right” of the association which governs this institution.
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This is the first major decision taken under the new leadership of Véronique Cayla, former Arte and CNC elected at the end of September to turn the page on sexism and interpersonal skills.
The general assembly of the association will henceforth consist only of 164 elected members, 82 men and 82 women. Their voters are the 4,300 members of the Academy, from the profession and who each year choose the recipients of the most prestigious prizes in French cinema.
The 18 “ex officio members”, who had previously sat with them, particularly for their past prizes and awards (the Oscar for Polanski, for example), no longer appear.
The modification was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 134 votes and this provision applies immediately, specified the management, which “thus completes its primary objective of renovation”.
A legacy of the past, the presence of these historic members was one of the last fixation abscesses against this institution. Feminists denounced in particular the presence among them of the director Roman Polanski, targeted by accusations of rape.
“There are no longer any full members. French cinema has chosen to represent it to fully respect parity and democracy, ”greeted on Twitter a personality in the field, the producer Marc Missonnier.
The Césars will now get down to preparing for their 2021 edition.
It will have to make people forget a 2020 vintage marked by crises: the resignation in February of the former boss of the Césars, Alain Terzian, and of the entire management, then a few days later, the ceremony itself, and the storm caused by the award of the César for best director to Roman Polanski.
The image of the shattering departure of actress Adele Haenel, leaving the room by launching “Bravo pedophilia!”, Had marked the evening.