the Academy will withdraw anyone accused of “acts of violence”

After the Sofiane Bennacer affair, the Academy announces measures for the ceremony on February 24.

The Académie des César has decided to withdraw, for its next ceremony, the people implicated “for acts of violence”, in the wake of the Sofiane Bennacer affair, a young actor revealed in The Almond Trees indicted for rape.

“Out of respect for the victims (even presumed in the event of indictment or non-final conviction), it was decided not to highlight people who would be implicated by justice for acts of violence”, has the Academy said in a statement Monday.

Concretely, if one of the nominees is indicted for acts of violence, in particular of a sexual or sexist nature, or condemned, he cannot be invited to the ceremony of February 25, nor to any of the events associated with it.

“This withdrawal will also exclude any speaking ‘in the name of this person’ during these same events – including if a César were to be awarded to him after the second round of voting”, continues the Academy.

Towards a change in the rules in the coming months?

This decision was taken for the 2023 ceremony, following the indictment at the end of November for rape and violence against the spouse of actor Sofiane Bennacer (who is not named in the Academy press release).

The one who held with “The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi his first big role on the screen had been retained in the list of thirty “revelations” of the Caesars, before being released urgently, when the legal proceedings against him have been made public.

The Caesars had immediately considered modifying their rules. Work will take place in this direction in the first semester, “in the face of the magnitude and complexity of these questions, from a moral and legal point of view”.

For professionals of the 7th art, the accusations against Sofiane Bennacer had come to recall the memory of the Polanski affair, regularly overtaken by old accusations of sexual abuse, and the discomfort of the César 2020 when his film J’accuse made the object of twelve nominations and three distinctions. Or the indictments of actors like Gérard Depardieu or Ary Abittan for acts of rape, which they contest. The 48th Cesar ceremony will take place on February 24, 2023 at the Olympia.