France’s top film awards ceremony, the Cesars, celebrated diversity with honours for films about forced marriage and the struggles of life as an immigrant.
The creme de la creme of French showbiz gathered in Paris Friday for the 41st Cesars just two days ahead of its Hollywood equivalent, the Oscars, which have been panned as “too white”.
The best picture accolade went to “Fatima”, a movie about an immigrant Moroccan woman struggling to raise her two teenagers in France and working as a cleaning lady to give them the best life possible.
However, with her rudimentary French while her daughters have trouble speaking Arabic, communication is strained, especially with her rebellious younger daughter.
The leading role was played by Algerian Soria Zeroual, a real-life cleaning lady who found herself nominated for best actress alongside French cinema greats Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve.