French Cinema leads the way at the Oscars
27 February 2012
The 84th annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday the 26th of February at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It was a very successful night for French Cinema, represented by feature film “The Artist” which stole the show with 5 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Actor in a leading role.
“The Artist” is a French produced film, the producer is Thomas Langmann, (the son of famous French film producer and director Claude Berri), who received the Oscar for Best Picture. The Artist was the first non anglo-saxon film to receive the Best Picture.
The Artist leading Actor Jean Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win a Best Actor Oscar for acting for his role in the silent film billed as a “love letter to American film”.
In his acceptance speech for the Best Director Oscar Director Michel Hazanavicius said “I am the happiest director in the world right now”. One of the strengths of the film is that its own tale of an industry in revolution (from silent movies to “talkies”) resonates with Hollywood today which is currently transitioning into the digital and 3D era.
French Cinema, with its long history and fine tradition is still thriving and even active in South Africa through a number of initiatives. In fact, last year the Franco-South African co-production Skoonheid was selected to appear at the Cannes Film Festival following South African Director Olivier Hermanus’ attendance at Cinefondation in Paris from October 2009 to February 2010, where he wrote the screenplay.
The Artist will be released in South Africa on the 5th of April 2012.