Cinema "Sesar" (25/02)

France's main film award, César, is one of the most prestigious awards for excellence in cinema. It was established by the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Techniques and is considered the European equivalent of the Oscars.

The idea of the award was proposed in 1974 by the producer and the first president of the French Film Academy, Georges Cravenne. He named it after his friend, the famous postmodernist Cesar Baldacchini, a sculptor. It was he who became the author of the intricate gilded figurines that are awarded to the winners.

The César national film award was first presented on April 3, 1976 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The ceremony was chaired by the famous French actor Jean Gabin. The first awards were distributed in 13 nominations (best film, director, artist, actress, and so on). Now the award ceremony takes place annually in February-March in various concert halls of the French capital.