Image copyright AFP Image caption Polanski topped the nominations for this year’s César awards The entire board of the César Academy, which distributes France’s equivalent of the Oscars, has resigned following backlash over nominations for a film by Roman Polanski and demands for reform.Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy swept the nomination list for the…

Roman Polanski on stage after the preview of his film in November 2019

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Polanski topped the nominations for this year’s César awards

The general board of the César Academy, which distributes France’s equivalent of the Oscars, has resigned following backlash over nominations for a movie by Roman Polanski and requires for reform.

Polanski’s An Officer and a Stare swept the nomination list for the César awards, sparking requires a boycott.

The Polish-French director has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-extinct lady because the 1970s.

Hundreds of actors, producers and directors possess usually is named for trade.

In an originate letter this week, they denounced “dysfunction” at the César Academy and opacity in its management.

In a press delivery on Thursday evening, the academy said the board had “unanimously determined to resign” to “honour those ladies and men folks who made cinema happen in 2019, to secure silent and be sure that the festival of movie remains staunch that, a festival”.

“This collective resolution will enable total renewal of the board,” it added.

A general assembly is determined to be held after this month’s ceremony to elect a contemporary board, that may per chance furthermore survey at enforcing reforms and modernising the institution.

Culture Minister Franck Riester said the César Academy need to feature democratically, in the spirit of “openness, transparency, parity and differ”.

What’s the background?

The César Academy has faced controversy in most smartly-liked months.

Many called for a boycott when Polanski’s movie An Officer and a Stare, or J’accuse in French, received 12 award nominations. The Polish-French director fled the US after his rape conviction in the 1970s, and has since faced a entire lot of accusations of sexual assault.

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Media captionSamantha Geimer became once raped by Polanski when she became once 13

“I’m apprehensive. The 400 cinema consultants who voted for this nomination possess applauded Polanski with 12 nominations – 12 is furthermore the selection of ladies folks at present who accuse Roman Polanski of rape. Here’s no longer the field of morality, that is the field of justice,” Céline Piques, spokeswoman for French feminist organisation Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) told French TV channel LCI at the time.

France’s equality minister and movie critics furthermore condemned the resolution to nominate Polanski’s movie.

But the Césars defended the nominations, arguing that the physique “will possess to peaceable no longer buy proper positions” in giving awards.

In an originate letter this week, hundreds of movie consultants, in conjunction with actors and directors, called for “profound reform” at the academy.

They complained of an absence of democracy in the institution and said the founding statutes of the Césars had no longer modified “for a extremely long time”.

In response, the academy’s board said it may per chance question for a mediator to be appointed by a culture ministry company to oversee reforms of its statutes and governance.

It is no longer the first time the Césars possess faced controversy. In 2017, Polanski became once picked to chase the award’s jury, but stepped down after the chase sparked outrage.

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