Lost In Translation has picked up the Best Foreign feature at this year's (05) prestigious CESAR awards - the French equivalent to The Oscars.

The SOFIA COPPOLA-directed romantic drama about two American strangers staying in the same hotel in Tokyo, Japan picked up the award yesterday (26FEB05) due to its' late cinematic release in France - making it a contender despite its 2003 American screening.

The low-budget L'ESQUIVE (THE DODGE) beat French epic UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES (A Very Long Engagement) to earn the top prizes of Best Director and Best Actress for Tunisian-born ABDELLATIF KECHICHE and 18-year-old star Sara Forestier, respectively.

L'Esquive follows a group of alienated youth in the impoverished suburbs in Paris getting ready to perform a school play by the 18th-century dramatist, MARIVAUX.

Kechiche made the movie because "he wanted to show people we don't normally see at the cinema".

World War One drama Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles, featuring AUDREY TAUTOU, won five Cesar awards - including Best Costumes and Best Supporting Actress for Marion Cotillard.

The Cesar Winners are:

Best Film - L'ESQUIVE

Best Director - ABEDELLATIF KECHICHE (L'ESQUIVE) Best Actor: Mathieu Amalric (ROIS ET REINE) Best Actress - SARA FORESTIER (L'ESQUIVE) Best Supporting Actor: Clovis Cornillac (MENSONGES ET TRAHISONS ET PLUS SI AFFINITES) Best Supporting Actress - MARION COTILLARD (UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES) Best Young Actor: Gaspard Ulliel (UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES) Best Young Actress: SARA FORESTIER (L'ESQUIVE)

Best Screenplay - L'ESQUIVE

Best Costume - UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES

Best Photography - UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES

Best Decor - UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES

Best Soundtrack - LES CHORISTES

Best Sound - LES CHORISTES.

27/02/2005 11:13