'Blue Is the Warmest Color's' Adele Exarchopoulos Among French Academy's Breakout Stars
PARIS – Blue Is the Warmest Color's Adele Exarchopoulos is among the French Academy's annual list of "revelations," the young stars it sees as the most promising talents in breakout roles from the past year.
The Cesar nominations for best newcomer are traditionally pulled from this shortlist of 16 young actors and 16 young actresses.
After winning the Palme d'Or along with co-star Lea Seydoux and director Abedellatif Kechiche in a historic first, Exarchopoulos is seen as a front-runner for the best newcomer category, but could be bumped up to the main acting category and face her co-star in what is likely to be Seydoux's fourth nomination. Academy rules prohibit an actor from being nominated in two categories for the same role.
Marine Vacth, who wowed audiences with her portrayal of a bored teen who turns to prostitution in Francois Ozon's controversial Cannes entry Young & Beautiful is also on the list.
In the best male newcomer category, Alain-Fabien Delon, son of legendary French actor Alain Delon, was nominated for his role as The Teen in Yann Gonzalez's comedic sex romp You and the Night (Les rencontres d'apres minuit), which premiered out of competition during Cannes Critics' Week.
Pierre Deladonchamps was noticed for his breakout role in Alain Guiraudie's murder-and-love story Stranger by the Lake, which took home the directing prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar. It's Deladonchamps' first film role after a long TV guest-star career.
Other honorees are Margot Bancilhon in Les Petits Princes, Flore Bonaventura in the upcoming Audrey Tautou starrer Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois), Pauline Burlet in The Past (Le Passe), Lou de Laage in Jappeloup, Laetitia Dosch in Battle of Solferino (Bataille de Solferino), Pauline Etienne in The Nun (La Religieuse), Golshifteh Farahani in Syngue Sabour – Pierre Patience (The Patience Stone), Esther Garrel in Youth (Jeunesse), Ariane Labed in A Place on Earth (Un place sure la terre), Chloe Fretwell in Vandal, Anamaria Marinca in A Cloud in a Glass of Water (Un nuage dans un verre d'eau), Pauline Parigot in Tomorrows (Les Lendemains), Vimala Pons in The Girl of July 14th (La Fille du 14 juillet), Swann Arlaud in Crawl, Paul Bartel in Les Petits Princes, M'Barek Belkouk and Tewfik Jallab, both in La Marche, Zinedine Benchenine in Vandal, Idrissa Diabate and Ibrahim Koma, both in The Pink City (Le cite rose), Youssef Hajdi in Mohamed Dubois, Paul Hamy in Suzanne, Vincent Macaigne in The Girl of July 14th, Hamza Meziani in The Apaches, Driss Ramdi in I'm Not Dead, Jules Sagot in You'll Be a Man and Neo Schiffman in She Goes.
A ceremony for the Revelations honorees will be held Jan. 13 and the Cesar nominations will be announced Jan. 25.