Andre Techine’s “Les Roseaux Sauvages,” scripted in less than one month, shot on 16mm and originally destined for television, walked away with the top prize at the Feb. 25 Cesar Awards – the French equivalent of the Oscars.
Voted best French film, this tale of adolescents at the end of the Algerian War also earned a Cesar for Techine as best director and took the best original screenplay for the helmer and co-writers Gilles Taurand and Olivier Massart.
Completing a highly successful Cesars for the pic, Elodie Bouchez, who came to public attention in Serge Gainsbourg’s 1991 “Stan the Flasher,” won best young actress.
Patrice Chereau’s megabuck historical costumer “La Reine Margot” (“Queen Margot”) picked up a clutch of Cesars, mainly in the acting categories.
Isabelle Adjani added to her previous three Cesars by taking best actress, while Jean-Hugues Anglade won best supporting actor and Virna Lisi was voted best supporting actress. Gerard Lanvin’s return to the bigscreen in Nicole Garcia’s “Le Fils Prefere” earned him the best actor award, beating out a strong field, which included Gerard Depardieu (“Le Colonel Chabert”), Daniel Auteil (“La Seperation”) and Jean Reno (“Leon”).
With Steven Spielberg and Gregory Peck in Paris as special guests of the French film awards, the duo were each given a Cesar of Honor. Spielberg’s smile didn’t falter when “Schindler’s List” failed to win the best foreign film prize. That went to Mike Newell’s runaway comedy hit “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”