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The leadership of the French Academy, established the prize “Cesar”, resigned in full force amid a sex scandal with film Director Roman Polanski. About it reports AFP.
It is noted that this happened just two weeks before the awards. More than 200 actors, producers, Directors and movie makers have demanded major reforms in the organization after the new Polanski film “an officer and a spy” received nominations in 12 categories.
“To pay tribute to those men and women who created the movie in 2019, to find peace and to make the festival remained the festival, the Board unanimously decided to resign,” — said in a statement the film Academy. It is clarified that after the ceremony, which will take place on 28 February will be held a General meeting for the election of a new Board of Directors and management.
In November 2019 feminists disrupted a screening “an officer and a spy”. About 40 activists blocked the entrance to the cinema, unfurled banners and called for a boycott of the picture.
86-year-old Director Roman Polanski is the winner of dozens of awards. Previously he was accused of rape. In 1977, the victim was Samantha Gamer. According to prosecutors, he gave a 13-year-old American champagne and drugs, and then forced to have sex. The filmmaker pleaded guilty in a deal with the court agreed to a psychiatric evaluation, but fled to Europe after learning that the judge may cancel the agreement and send him to prison for a long time.
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