Awards takes place on Feb. 22
The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it will honor two European cinema greats at its upcoming 33rd Cesar awards ceremony.
Jeanne Moreau — a favorite actress of Louis Malle (“The Lovers”), Francois Truffaut (“Jules and Jim”) and Luis Bunuel (“Diary of a Chambermaid”) and still delivering great performances as in Francois Ozon’s 2005 “Time to Leave” — will receive a tribute celebrating her 60 years of filmmaking.
Roberto Benigni, the Italian director-actor-screenwriter (“Life Is Beautiful,” “The Tiger in the Snow”), producer and larger-than-life personality, will pick up an honorary foreign Cesar for career achievement.
The Cesar kudofest takes place Feb. 22 at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.
Nominees for pic are Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en rose,” “Persepolis,” from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, and “The Secret of the Grain,” from Tunisian helmer Abdellatif Kechiche.