" Violanski . The César of shame" is the message against Roman Polanski that a group of Parisian feminists hit the night from Tuesday to Wednesday on the facade of the headquarters of the Academy of César in Paris, two days before the ceremony of awards ceremony of the French Film Academy.
Those responsible for this action are Collages Féminicides Paris, a group of women who stick collages with red and black letters on the walls of Paris against feminicides and domestic violence. In their anti-Polanski messages, they play a word game with "viol" (rape) and the director's last name.
"Do you really want to live in a world where a criminal pedophile is nominated for a César 12 times ?" Asks this feminist group in another message that they have stuck in the vicinity of the Pleyel room, the concert hall where Friday will take place the ceremony of the Caesar. Collage Féminicides denounces that the French film industry "silences the victims" and "flaunts the oppressors".
Polanski's film J'accuse (The officer and the spy) , based on the Dreyfus case, has 12 nominations for the César awards, something that French feminists consider outrageous. Polanski's film is the one that monopolizes, along with Ladj Ly's Les Miserables , the highest number of nominations, including the best film, best direction, best actor (Jean Dujardin) and best supporting actor (Louis Garrel and Grégory Gadebois ).
" We ask for the cancellation of the Caesar ceremony and also the extradition of Polanski," explains Sophie, who participated in the collision of the collages against the director of Chinatown, The Seed of the Devil and The Pianist . "We denounce the law of silence and the patriarchal system that protects aggressors," adds this feminist. Sophie demands that, if the gala finally takes place, they are given "a time of intervention" during the ceremony to denounce sexual violence in the world of cinema.
Collages Féminicides plans more actions on Thursday and Friday. And Osez le feminisme, another French feminist group, organized a protest on Friday in front of the Pleyel Hall during the César gala, the equivalent in France to the Oscars.
The last woman to accuse Polanski of rape is the French actress and photographer Valentine Monnier . This actress publicly accused her last November of having mistreated and raped her in 1975 in a chalet in Switzerland after skiing when she was 18 years old.
Polanski, a fugitive from US justice since 1977 after being accused of raping a child, pleaded guilty in the United States to having "illegal sex" with young Samantha Geimer when she was 13 years old. Since his escape to France, he has not stepped on American soil again to avoid being arrested and end up in prison.
The director has been accused in recent years by several women of raping them on different dates. He denies all the accusations . "They have been trying to make me a monster for years," Polanski said in December in an interview with the French magazine Paris Match .
The 45th edition of the César gala, which will be held on February 28, is already controversial before the awards are presented. On February 14, members of the management of the French Film Academy resigned collectively after criticism of the lack of parity within the academy and the controversy over Polanski.
"To recognize Polansk is to spit in the face of all the victims . That is to say that raping women is not so bad," said French actress Adèle Haenel in a recent interview with The New York Times .
Haenel, nominated for best actress in the César for her role in Portrait of a woman on fire , was the first prominent French actress to report sexual abuse in French cinema. Haenel publicly denounced film director Christophe Ruggia for sexual harassment and inappropriate touching, which began when she was 12 years old . This actress took the #Metoo movement to the French cinema.
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