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Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film

Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film
Paris — Underscoring the diversity of this year’s Cesar lineup, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” a tale of a Moroccan-born single mother, won best film, supporting actress and adapted screenplay at the 41st Cesar Awards ceremony which took place Friday night at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.

Although the big win for “Fatima” was unexpected, it resonates strongly with the current divide in France and sheds light on the second and third generations of North African immigrants in France. The country was hit by its deadliest ever terror attack in November and has seen the Far Right party gaining grounds in the run up to the 2017 presidential election.

A contemporary social drama loosely based on Fatima Elayoubi’s poems “Priere a la lune” (“Prayer to the Moon”), “Fatima” turns on a single mother who emigrated from Morocco and faces cultural challenges as well as prejudice in France, where she raises her
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‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations

‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations
Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.

Terzian revealed that Michael Douglas will follow Sean Penn’s footsteps and receive the honorary Cesar award. Douglas previously won the honorary Cesar nod in 1998.

Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.

“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight,
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