Accompanied by Niels Schneider, Virginie Efira radiant winner of the French Cinema Award

Thursday evening, in the salons of the Minister of Culture rue de Valois, Belgian actress Virginie Efira was awarded the French Cinema Award for her entire career. Paris Match was present.

Radiant and ever so disarmingly simple. The favorite Belgian actress of French cinema (tied with Cécile de France and Emilie Dequenne, Editor’s note) Virginie Efira was rewarded Thursday evening by Unifrance for the French Cinema Award. The award ceremony took place in the salons of the Ministry of Culture, rue de Valois. Beautiful people had made the trip. At the same time, Unifrance launched two operations to promote French cinema internationally: My French Festival, which we will come back to, and 10 to Watch 2023, which provide a showcase for carefully selected young talents, so that there had a lot of moviegoers per square meter.

Prestigious directors – the Ukrainian Sergei Loznitsa, the Spaniard Albert Serra, the German Emily Atef, the Finnish Juho Kuosmanen – crossed the glasses of champagne with the hopes of French cinema – let us quote Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Dali Benssalah, Annabelle Lengronne… Let’s hope that this winter evening with spring temperatures will give rise to a desire for a film in the months or years to come. But of course all these beautiful people were overshadowed by the star of the evening, Virginie Efira.

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Virginie Efira at the presentation of the French Cinema Award.

Virginie Efira at the presentation of the French Cinema Award.

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In an introductory remark, as if to make the suspense last longer, the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul-Malak recalled how much the Belgian actress had made French cinema shine on the international scene throughout the year, thanks to the films released in theaters in 2022 – “Waiting for Bojangles” by Régis Roinsard, “Don Juan” by Serge Bozon”, “Revoir Paris” by Alice Winocour, “Les Enfants des autres” by Rebecca Zlotowski -, but also for her unforgettable role in “Benedetta” by Paul Verhoeven, a film produced by France which, reminded the Minister, produces or co-produces a large part of auteur cinema.

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Niels Schneider and Virginie Efira at the presentation of the French Cinema Award.

Niels Schneider and Virginie Efira at the presentation of the French Cinema Award.

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Accompanied by the man who shares her life, the actor Niels Schneider, who we guessed proud and moved and who listened religiously to her speech, the Belgian actress first returned to her Belgian origins and the perception that she had French cinema then. “In my flat country, it was the most varied cinema, the richest, the freest, the most mysterious too. As a teenager, I was able to discover in theaters the films of Claude Sautet, Carax, Tavernier, Téchiné, these are founding things”, she underlined.

Virginie Efira and the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul-Malak.

Virginie Efira and the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul-Malak.

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After thanking the directors for the roles she was able to play throughout her last two years, Virginie Efira proclaimed her love for our seventh art. “French cinema retains a crazy creative vigor that manages to resist the standardization of works,” she concluded, to applause. She then posed for a few photos with the young talents present, delighted to immortalize their meeting. Always with a big smile.

Virginie Efira with the French Cinema Award.

Virginie Efira with the French Cinema Award.

Bestimage / © Giancarlo Gorassini

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