(ANSA) – PARIS, Feb 26 – Lost Illusions, adapted from Balzac’s novel about journalism and its excesses by Xavier Giannoli, triumphed yesterday at the prestigious French César cinema, in a release that wanted to be sober and without surprises against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. Valerie Le Mercier was crowned Best Actress for “Aline,” a biographical film that the 57-year-old dedicated to Canadian songwriter Celine Dion.
“Lost Illusions,” which started as a huge favourite, won seven miniatures including Best Picture. César for Best Male Performance by 25-year-old Benjamin Foisin, as the aspiring idealist Lucien de Rombébre: a young provincial who loves literature, whose dreams will be shattered by the reality of society at the time of the restoration of France. Giannulli, the successor to Albert Dupontel who was crowned last year’s Adieu les cons award, did not come to accept the award. Associate Writer Jack Vichy commented that he is an “independent artist”.
Another big winner, 61-year-old director Leos Carax, was also absent from the rock opera “Annette”, which won five statuettes. Its lead actor, American Adam Driver, who entered the nomination, was present but remained empty-handed, and was ignored by Academy voters who favored Benoit Magimel: the 47-year-old actor was awarded for his interpretation of a dying cancer patient in Emmanuel Bercotte’s “De son vivant” . (handle).
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