Lyna Khoudri, the main actress of "Papicha", is in the running for the César of female hope. - CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Shirine Boutella and Lyna Khoudri in Papicha by Mounia Meddour and Alexis Manenti and Djebril Zonga on the bill of Les Misérables by Ladj Ly, who represents France at the Oscars, are among the 36 actors in the running for the nominations for the 2020 Cesar des espoirs feminine et male.

The young Lise Leplat Prudhomme, 12, in Jeanne by Bruno Dumont awarded the 2019 Louis-Delluc Prize, Justine Lacroix and Sarah Henochsberg in C'est ça L'amour by Claire Burger, Manon Clavel in La Vérité by Hirokazu Kore-Eda are also among the hopes launched in the race for nominations for female revelation.

Godparents for Hope

On the male side, are also in the running among 18 actors Idir Ben Addi in Le Jeune Ahmed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, prize for staging at the Cannes Film Festival 2019, Benjamin Lesieur in Hors Normes by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano and Tom Mercier in Synonyms by Nadav Lapid.

According to tradition, each of the 36 candidates for the nominations for the César of the best female and male hope, gathered Monday evening during a dinner at the Petit Palais, in Paris, in the presence of the Minister of Culture Franck Riester, is sponsored by an actor or a confirmed director. This year, Chiara Mastroianni, Isabelle Huppert, Laetitia Casta, Camilel Cottin, Jacques Audiard, Guillaume Canet, Franck Gastambide, Robin Campillo, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Reda Kateb, Michel Blanc or Michel Hazanavicius are sponsoring Hopes 2020.

"A serious operational problem"

The votes of the 4,700 professionals of the 7th art, members of the Academy of cinema arts and techniques, will determine the finalists' hopes. All the nominations (hopes, best film, best director, best actor and actress, technical awards, etc.) will be announced at the end of the election on January 29.

In a statement, the Society of Film Directors (SRF) denounced Monday "a serious operating problem", "opaque and discriminatory acts unworthy" and "a fact of the prince" in the organization of the Academy of Caesar. According to SRF, the academy notably refused that Virginie Despentes, novelist, screenwriter and director, be the godmother of Jean-Christophe Folly on the poster of L'Angle mort by Pierre Trividic and Patrick-Mario Bernard.

Revelations on the functioning of the Cesar Academy: @ LaSRF1968 reacts in a press release👉 @Les_Cesar # César2020 @lefilmfrancais @lemondefr @Telerama

- LaSRF (@ LaSRF1968) January 13, 2020

"Desirable and unwanted artists"

Monday evening, several directors and actors, including Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch and Marina Foïs, relayed during the evening the protests of the Society of Film Directors, refusing "that there are desirable and undesirable artists". In turn, in a press release, the Académie des César "apologized, learning with surprise that it would have offended certain personalities during the process of inviting godparents for the Revelations".

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