The board of the French César Academy has resigned after criticizing the nomination of the controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski. In order to honor the filmmakers of the year 2019 and let them rest again, the management decided to take this step, said the academy. After the award ceremony on February 28, a general meeting will be held at which a new board will be elected.

The academy had come under criticism for nominating the rape intrigue by filmmaker Polanski, who was accused of rape, in twelve categories, including Best Film and Best Director. Polanski leads the nominations for the César film award.

Shortly before the film was released last November, a previous model had accused Polanski of raping her in 1975. The filmmaker denies the allegation. Women's rights activists therefore called for the film to be discontinued. In the United States, the director faces a lawsuit over sex with a minor, which he conceded in 1977 before leaving the country forever.

On Monday, around 400 filmmakers called for a "far-reaching reform" of the César Academy in a statement published in Le Monde newspaper. Among other things, they accused the institution of "lack of transparency".