A Prophet sweeps the French Cesars Awards


A Prophet” has come home victorious at the 35th Annual Cesar Awards. Being nominated in thirteen categories, the film managed to land nine kudos, two of which were presented to its star Tahar Rahim. The 18-year-old won best actor and breakthrough performance for his role as a 19-year-old small-time hood who becomes a Mafia kingpin behind bars.

His co-star Niels Arestrup, in the meantime, was named best supporting actor. Additionally, the film has aided its helmer Jacques Audiard to receive best director award. This drama movie got the other gongs from original screenplay, cinematography, sound, editing as well as set design categories.

In the foreign film category, Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” beat James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon“. The event, which was held on Saturday, February 27 in Paris, also handed out an honorary Cesar to Harrison Ford.

Full Winners List of the 35th Annual Cesar Awards

Director: Jacques Audiard – “A Prophet
Actor: Tahar Rahim – “A Prophet
Actress: Isabelle Adjani – “Skirt Day
Breakthrough Performance, Actor: Tahar Rahim – “A Prophet
Breakthrough Performance, Actress: Melanie Thierry – “One for the Road
Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup – “A Prophet
Supporting Actress: Emmanuelle Devos – “At the Beginning
First Film: “The French Kissers” – Riad Sattouf
Original Screenplay: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit – “A Prophet
Adapted Screenplay: Stephane Brize, Florence Vignon – “Mademoiselle Chambon
Cinematography: Stephane Fontaine – “A Prophet
Foreign Film: “Gran Torino” – Clint Eastwood
Original Score: Armand Amar – “The Concert
Costume Design: Catherine Leterrier – “Coco Before Chanel”
Set Design: Michel Barthelemy – “A Prophet
Editing: Juliette Welfling – “A Prophet
Sound: Pierre Excoffier, Bruno Tarriere, Bruno Tarriere, Selim Azzazi – “A Prophet
Documentary Feature: “L’Enfer d’Henri” – Georges Clouzot, Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea
Short: “C’est Gratuit Pour Les Filles“, Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukel


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