The filmmaker Roman Polanski, who had given up going to the last Caesars ceremony under pressure from feminists after new accusations of rape, is ex officio among the 182 representatives of the new general assembly of the Academy of arts and techniques cinema, we learned Tuesday, September 15.
On September 29, this new assembly, whose members were appointed Monday evening, will elect for a two-year term, renewable once, the new board of directors of the association of the Césars. She will also elect a woman-man tandem for the presidency.
In recent months, the Caesars have been shaken by a serious crisis: several of the members and personalities of the cinema reproach an operation considered opaque, a form of self-esteem and above all a deficit of parity. This crisis had reached a climax during the Caesars ceremony, on February 28, with the sensational departure of Adèle Haenel, who denounced the prize for best director awarded to Roman Polanski (for J’accuse).
A few days before this ceremony, the board of directors, chaired since 2003 by producer Alain Terzian, had resigned en bloc. As part of a mediation under the aegis of the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image (CNC), an interim president, producer Margaret Menegoz, had been appointed and an extraordinary general assembly had begun a reform.
Elected as “historical members”
It is within this framework that the new representatives of the general assembly were elected Monday by the 4,313 members of the Academy of Césars (actors, directors, producers, technicians…).
As “Historical members”, Roman Polanski and producer Thomas Langmann, convicted in 2019 of harassment towards his wife, were admitted ex officio after making the request. Alain Terzian, criticized by the rebels for his management of the former Academy of the Césars, is also part of the new general assembly as a historic member.
“The current statutes were simply applied”Margaret Menegoz told Agence France-Presse. About Roman Polanski, the interim president of the Césars did not comment, simply recalling that in a personal capacity, “She always separated the work from the person”.
Tuesday, the actor Eric Métayer, among the new elected representatives of the general assembly, published on Twitter a video message disapproving without naming them the designation of certain members, and wishing that “Those who have nothing to do, go away”. He also calls for all members to be elected from now on.