The coup de theater of the collective resignation somehow saves the ceremony of February 28 which will be presented by Florence Foresti and chaired by Sandrine Kiberlain. What are the consequences and what are the expectations of the profession?
After the thunderclap of the collective resignation of the management of the Academy of Caesar announced Thursday January 13, the reactions multiply. For Ariane Ascaride “It’s great that the people in the cinema have mobilized, the Académie des César felt that its legitimacy was not so strong.” What are the consequences of this withdrawal, what are the expectations of the profession?
Tribune murders 400 cinema figures against the Académie des César, few women appointed, lack of diversity … The sling was no longer manageable by the president of the César, Alain Terzian, and his board of directors. The coup de theater of the collective resignation somehow saves the ceremony of February 28 which will be presented by Florence Foresti and chaired by Sandrine Kiberlain.
“This collective resignation will allow the complete renewal of the management”, composed of the founding members, former presidents or members of the Association, 21 people in total, including the filmmakers Costa Gavras, Claude Lelouch or Tonie Marshall.
Modernize the institution
A general assembly will be held after the ceremony on February 28 and will be an opportunity to elect a new directorate to prepare changes to the founding statutes under the aegis of the National Cinema Center (CNC) and to implement modernization measures. '' an institution judged by many to be outdated, with too little representation of women in particular.
Marc du Pontavice, producer of I lost my body, film competing in three categories at the César makes concrete proposals in this sense: “establish a more democratic system which proceeds more through an election system, that the whole profession is represented on this board of directors. He advocates elsewheres a limitation in the number of terms and la communication of accounts, because lopacity generates suspicion and fantasy “.
For Arianne Ascaride “We have to rethink parity. We have to rethink diversity. And the Académie des César cannot be a somewhat closed bridge club, where in the end, we are hermetic to what is happening inside society and therefore inside the cinema. ” And the actress to suggest “put everything back flat. It is a strange situation not to take into account the evolution of French cinema: young directors, female directors … There is no representation in the broad sense. Does it come from Voters, how we vote, who can vote? We have to ask all these questions. ”
Actress Marina Foïs, one of the 400 personalities who signed the forum published in Le Monde on Monday, February 10, welcomed the changes on Friday: “This will be an opportunity to rewrite these statutes which seem completely obsolete … Our demand is unstoppable, because what we expect is more democracy, transparency, diversity and parity, these are demands that it is time to respond to. ”
“Total transparency” from the Academy, it is also the expectation of Marc du Pontavice. “Our company no longer accepts opacity, continues the producer. As the organization is challenged in its methods, in particular the principle of cooptation, I think this reaction is very healthy, very good and very encouraging. For him, this “shows that our society is capable of forcing institutions to reform when they do not respond to the wishes of society.”