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“I don't want to collaborate on a system that excludes,” says actress Marina Foïs

The actress is one of the signatories of the tribune against the functioning of the Academy of Caesar.

Around 400 cinema professionals and personalities have signed a platform, published Monday February 10 on the newspaper's website The world, against the functioning of the Academy of Caesar, calling for an in-depth reform. “I don't want to collaborate on a system that excludes”, acted on franceinfo the actress Marina Foïs, one of the signatories of this forum. “The Academy operates without consulting its base and basically it is no longer representative of our diversity, our plurality, or our internal contradictions”, she regretted.

Franceinfo: What do you think is wrong with the Académie des César?

Marina Foïs: The starting point is that an evening is organized every year in honor of the revelations of French cinema. We learned that actor Jean-Christophe Folly expressed his desire to be sponsored by Virginie Despentes and that this was totally arbitrarily denied to him by the Academy, without giving any explanation. It's a way of doing things that doesn't suit us, that doesn't represent us at all. I do not want to collaborate in a system that excludes, in which there are desirable and undesirable reasons that will never be mine. The choice of the sponsor expresses the artistic direction, the artistic desire of a young actor. I do not see how we have to intervene in this choice. Alain Terzian [the president of the Académie des César] and the Académie apologized but did not give an explanation. The Academy operates without consulting its base and basically it is no longer representative of our diversity, our plurality, or our internal contradictions.

You denounce an opacity. What does it concern?

The accounts were previously accessible on the site, now we can no longer access this information. The Academy has 4,700 voters who are either voting de facto because they were nominated once for the Cesars, or else you must have made four or five films in the two preceding years and be sponsored by two people. But we don't have access to this list and that's one of the problems. We ask that this Academy represent the world of French cinema which is internationally admired and respected. All the people who make this cinema that is admired everywhere must be visible.

The president of the Academy of Caesar, Alain Terzian calls for an appeasement so that the 45th ceremony of the Caesar takes place without incident. What's your reaction ?

The Cesar ceremony is not at all endangered by the fact that we question its functioning. The fact that we write this text, that hundreds of people who make films sign it, it proves the attachment to Caesar and the love of cinema. Otherwise, there would be a very simple way to stop paying your dues, stop voting and don't care. There is no question of a boycott. Among the nominees, there are plenty of signatories: Chiara Mastroianni, Karine Viard, Noémie Merlant or Roschdy Zem. We can be inside and ask for a chat. A discussion does not mean being against, but wanting a change, a positive development. In an ideal world, institutions go faster than society, precede desires and anticipate problems.

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