Ida and Girlhood vie for the Césars

Girlhood vies for four Césars

Good news for LUX Prize 2014 winner Ida and finalist Girlhood: with the unveiling yesterday of the César nominations, the two films are continuing their successful awards season.
 
Fresh from the nomination for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film (news), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida keeps setting its sights on this year’s most important awards, competing now for the César for Best Foreign Film, against some of the best films of 2014 such as Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, among others. Ida is a frontrunner in this category.
 
On the other hand, after being nominated for three Lumières Awards (Best Film of the Year, Best Director and Most Promising Actress – read the news), Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood now vies for four César statuettes. Even though it missed out on a nomination in the Best Film category, Sciamma is herself nominated for Best Director (up against the likes of Bertrand Bonello, Thomas Cailley and Abderrahmane Sissako, the directors of the three favourite films – Saint Laurent, Love at First Fight and Timbuktu, respectively). In addition, two other great talents involved in the film are competing for awards: lead actress Karidja Touré is nominated for Most Promising Actress, while electro musician Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, best known as Para One, is nominated for Best Original Score. Lastly, Pierre André and Daniel Sorbino are nominated for Best Sound.
 
The awards ceremony will take place in Paris on 20 February. Will Ida and Girlhood take home the prizes? Don’t miss it!
 
Photo: Girlhood