César awards (the French Oscars, as they are sometime called) with ten nominations and five wins -- Best Picture, Best First Film, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing (yep, most of the big ones) was the little movie that could: Guillaume Gallienne's ME, MYSELF AND MUM, in which M. Gallienne portrays both himself and his mother, as he tells what appears to be an autobiograp-hical tale of his days growing up as the fel-low who doesn't fit in.
Diane Kruger, below, as the lady who's about to introduce him to colonics.)
What's In a Name? (Le prenom), one of the film's ensemble characters that everyone assumes is gay, is revealed to be -- oh, my -- straight, to the surprise and consternation of all his friends. Now, this year, the same thing has happened again in the "Best Film." Twice is nice, but should this occur a third time I think we must declare a trend. But what does this signify? Of course it's about not pinning labels on people so easily. But it also may be showing us how much easier it is to welcome gay liberation when your character actually isn't. Which may also be why, after same-sex marriage was legalized last year in France, the outcry against it dwarfed that in any other country where it has been given legality, including here in the USA and even in Spain (land of the Catholic Inquisition!).
French Institute/Alliance Francaise (FIAF) on Tuesday, April 8, at 4 and 7:30pm in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall. The 7:30pm screening will be introduced by renowned agent, producer, and founder of the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, Dominique Besnéhard. The two CinéSalon screenings are presented as the Closing Night of the Focus on French Cinema festival. The 4pm screening will be followed by a wine reception, and the 7:30pm screening will be followed by a festive Closing Night Party with delicious champagne and hors d’oeuvres. (As of now there are not many tickets left for the 7:30 screening, but the 4pm is still available. Click here to purchase.)