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César 2024: the exclusive photo session of young hopefuls of French cinema with their godparents


Highlights: César 2024: the exclusive photo session of young hopefuls of French cinema with their godparents. Before the ceremony on February 23, and with the support of the house of Chanel, they gathered at the César revelations dinner. Spotlight on some of these brilliant duos: Rebecca Marder, Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Marion Cotillard, Ella Rumpf, Clara Couturet, Golshifteh Farahani.

Before the ceremony on February 23, and with the support of the house of Chanel, the young hopefuls of French cinema and their godparents gathered at the César revelations dinner. Spotlight on some of these brilliant duos.

Rebecca Marder and Louis Garrel

When did cinema become a necessity


Rebecca Marder


– I started at 10 years old and, from adolescence, I did not envisage any other future.

While playing, I feel useful, alive, untouchable.

It's a place that belongs only to me, where nothing can touch me.

I never wanted to leave him again.

Louis Garrel.

– On winter Sundays, when it gets dark early.

There was a need to make the blues go away with a good film.

In high school, the theater option anchored my desire to act and cinema followed, like a story to be continued.

Rebecca Marder, Chanel ambassador, is nominated for

Great Expectations,

by Sylvain Desclous.

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Rebecca Marder, actress and Chanel ambassador, and actor and director Louis Garrel.

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Daphne Patakia and Marion Cotillard

When did cinema become a necessity


Daphne Patakia.

– I always needed to tell stories and I naturally turned to theater, in Greece, where I grew up.

But, from my first shoot, cinema took over.

I then left everything to try to find a small place in France.

Marion Cotillard.

– Playing was my necessity.

I wanted to explore other lives than mine, which, when I was younger, was sometimes complicated to navigate.

The turning point came at summer camp: I had played a grumpy janitor, and when I saw the effect produced, I knew I had found my means of expression.

Daphné Patakia was pre-selected for

On the Branch,

by Marie Garel-Weiss.

Marion Cotillard is a Chanel ambassador.

Ella Rumpf and Zar Amir Ebrahimi

The Franco-Swiss and Franco-Iranian actresses, Ella Rumpf and Zar Amir Ebrahimi.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Ella Rumpf.

– At 16, on my first film, I realized that the profession brought together everything that I like: telling stories, opening doors to unknown worlds, traveling, meeting artists… My fate was cast.

Zar Amir Ebrahimi.

– At 8 years old, I invented a character that I played regularly, especially when I was with my little brother.

At 16, I told this story to my neighbor, a great Iranian actress: she made me understand that acting was in my skin, that it was my necessity.

Ella Rumpf is nominated for

Marguerite's Theorem,

by Anna Novion.

Clara Couturet and Golshifteh Farahani

The actress Clara Couturet and her godmother of the Césars, Golshifteh Farahani.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Clara Couturet.

– The desire was born from childhood, but I left it aside.

The passion was immediately rekindled on the set of

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous.

I don't know if I can still speak of necessity: I'm only at the beginning of my career.

I let myself be carried away.

Golshifteh Farahani.

–Cinema chose me when I dreamed of being a musician.

But I quickly took it very seriously, because life in Iran left little room for carelessness.

It was my resistance, my way of existing as an Iranian and oppressed woman.

Art can change the world, and I wanted to be part of that momentum.

Clara Couturet was pre-selected for

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous,

by Wissam Charaf.

Ludivine Sagnier and Paul Kircher

Actress Ludivine Sagnier and her César protégé, Paul Kircher.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Ludivine Sagnier.

– When I understood that it was a job, and not a hobby.

When it became a difficulty.

When I realized I could transmit through him.

A life without creation would be impossible for me.

Paul Kircher.

– When I met Christophe Honoré, who gave me my first role in

Le Lycéen.

I had already thought about cinema or theater, but he broadened my horizons and made me realize that acting was what I really aspired to do.

Paul Kircher is nominated for

The Animal Kingdom,

by Thomas Cailley.

Samuel Kircher and Léa Drucker

Samuel Kircher, brother of Paul Kircher, and his godmother of the Césars, Léa Drucker.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Samuel Kircher.

– When I saw

A Man and a Woman,

by Claude Lelouch.

He made me want to live big.

Coming out of the film, I knew which path to take.

Léa Drucker.

– When I saw

Sailor and Lula,

by David Lynch.

Everything was there: the audacity, the glamour, the humor, the references to The

Wizard of Oz

... This film scared me as much as it made me want to dance.

I wanted to be Laura Dern but also Nicolas Cage, with his beautiful snakeskin jacket.

Samuel Kircher is nominated for

Last Summer


by Catherine Breillat.

Damien Bonnard and Kim Higelin

Actor Damien Bonnard and Kim Higelin, nominated for Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Damien Bonnard.

– I didn't know what to do with myself when, at 33, seeing Shakespeare's play

Measure for Measure

performed , I realized how happy the actors looked on stage.

Experiencing this same happiness then became a necessity.

Kim Higelin.

– When I was very young, I discovered that playing allowed you to be something other than yourself.

This distance did me good.

But believing in yourself is complicated, and I became a waitress.

When I understood that I only vibrated while playing, I overcame my fears.

My role in


transformed my desire into necessity.

Kim Higelin is nominated for

Le Consentement,

by Vanessa Filho.

Khadija Kouyaté and Jeanne Herry

Actress Khadija Kouyaté and her cinema godmother, Jeanne Herry.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Khadija Kouyaté.

– As a child, I saw cinema as entertainment.

It became a necessity when I understood that it could give a voice to those whom society does not look at.

Jeanne Herry.

– From childhood, films helped me to live, to understand others and to understand myself.

I am the daughter of artists and there was also a need for me to express myself: it first came from a desire to be an actress before I branched off towards directing.

Khadija Kouyaté was pre-selected for


by Léa Fehner.

Raphaël Quenard and Hugo Sélignac

The actors Raphaël Quenard and Hugo Sélignac, accomplices in front of the lens.

Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Raphaël Quenard.

– The first time I felt the discharge that went through actors on stage.

Through the effect of a communicating vessel, it contaminated me.

It was

King Kong Theory,

with Barbara Schulz and Anne Azoulay.

Hugo Sélignac.

– Professionally, when my daughter was born.

I started working at 18, produced my first film at 27, but for her, it had to work.

I was responsible for another human being.

Raphaël Quenard is nominated in the Revelations categories for

Junkyard Dog,

by Jean-Baptiste Durand, and Actor for


by Quentin Dupieux.

Milo Machado-Graner and Virginie Efira

Milo Machado-Graner, nominated for a César for his role in Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Milo Machado Graner.

– He is not yet.

Anatomy of a Fall

offered me my first important role, I would be happy to continue, but you can't force the desire of directors.

If that doesn't work, I'll do something else.

I'm only 15 years old.

Virginie Efira.

– As a teenager, cinema became my tool to live and open up the world.

I had a hunch that my path would take me there, but the road has been winding.

Necessity is born on


by Justine Triet.

I finally experienced the actor-filmmaker relationship as a sharing, a collective creation.

Milo Machado-Graner is nominated for

Anatomy of a Fall


by Justine Triet.

Héloïse Janjaud and Rebecca Zlotowski

Héloïse Janjaud, shortlisted for the César for her role in Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Héloïse Janjaud.

– When I was very young, when I saw the emotion that cinema could arouse in some of my loved ones that I could not always reach.

Seeing them express these emotions that I didn't know they had, while watching a film, made me want to try, to reach them in turn.

Rebecca Zlotowski.

– The day I resigned from National Education and had to rely on the cinema to pay my rent.

It seems prosaic, but I felt that it was a profession which, to be fully experienced, implied that one renounced all security.

Otherwise, it would have remained just an exciting hobby.

Héloïse Janjaud was pre-selected for


by Léa Fehner.

Isabelle Huppert and Park Ji-Min

Isabelle Huppert and Park Ji-Min, actresses known for their roles notably in Matias Indjic

When did cinema become a necessity


Isabelle Huppert.

– From my first film, as soon as I set foot on a set.

Cinema never let me go, and vice versa.

Necessity is law!

Park Ji-Min.

– When I was little, after seeing the tank scene in


I wanted to be a director.

My desire shifted towards art and I became a visual artist.

I never thought of being an actress before

Return to Seoul,

but I experienced such strong emotions on set that I would have a hard time doing without it today.

Park Ji-min was shortlisted for

Return to Seoul,

by Davy Chou.

Source: lefigaro

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