‘120 Beats per Minute’ wins best film at ‘French Oscars’

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Camelia Jordana holds her Best Female Newcomer Cesar for her role in the film "Le Brio". (REUTERS)
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French film producers Marie-Ange Luciani (L) and Hugues Charbonneau deliver a speech after winning the Best Feature Film award for the film "120 battements par minute" (BPM-Beats Per Minute) during the 43rd edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on Friday. (AFP)
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President of Act Up Paris Remy Hamai (2R) delivers a speech flanked by French screenwriter and film director Robin Campillo (2R) and French film producers Marie-Ange Luciani (2L) and Hugues Charbonneau (L) after winning the Best Feature Film award for the film "120 battements par minute" (BPM-Beats Per Minute) during the 43rd edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on Friday. (AFP)
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Actor Antoine Reinartz holds his Best Supporting Actor Cesar for his role in the film "120 battements par minute" (120 BPM or 120 Beats Per Minute). (REUTERS)
Updated 03 March 2018
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‘120 Beats per Minute’ wins best film at ‘French Oscars’

PARIS: “120 Beats per Minute” (120 battements par minute) won best film on Friday night at the “French Oscars” — the Cesars — where many attendees wore white ribbons in protest at violence against women.
The Robin Campillo film, which tells the story of French AIDS activists in the 1990s, received 13 nominations and took home six gongs, including best film.
The best director award went to Albert Dupontel for “Au Revior la-haute,” an adaptation of a Pierre Lemaitre novel about the friendship between two World War I soldiers.
Jeanne Balibar took home best actress for her performance in “Barbara” while Swann Arlaud was awarded best actor for his role in “Petit Paysan.”
 


Karl Marx memorial vandalized in London for second time

The bronze bust on top of the monument at the tomb of German revolutionary philosopher Karl Marx, a Grade I-listed monument, is seen in Highgate Cemetery in north London on February 5, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Karl Marx memorial vandalized in London for second time

  • German revolutionary philosopher Marx moved to London in 1849 and lived in the city for the rest of his life

LONDON: The memorial of German philosopher Karl Marx has been vandalized in London for the second time in two weeks, the cemetery that manages the site said on Saturday.
The words “architect of genocide,” “terror and oppression” and “mass murder” were written in red paint on the grave in the capital’s Highgate cemetery.
“Doctrine of hate” was also scrawled on the memorial, among other slogans.
The grave of Marx, who developed the theory of international communism, was also attacked on February 4 when it was seemingly struck several times with a blunt metal instrument.
A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family — the monument’s oldest and most fragile part — was repeatedly hit.
“Vandals back at Marx Memorial, Highgate Cemetery. Red paint this time, plus the marble tablet smashed up,” tweeted Highgate Cemetery on Saturday alongside photos of the memorial covered in red paint.
“Senseless. Stupid. Ignorant. Whatever you think about Marx’s legacy, this is not the way to make the point,” it said.
German revolutionary philosopher Marx moved to London in 1849 and lived in the city for the rest of his life.
His theories became the basis for communism. He died on March 14, 1883, aged 64.
The granite slab monument in north London, 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall and topped with a bronze bust of Marx, was funded in 1956 by the Communist Party of Great Britain.