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Cesar Awards Name “BPM” the Year’s Best French Film

Robin Campillo film also wins awards for supporting actor, new actor, original screenplay, score and editing


Robin Campillo’s “120 BPM (Battements Par Minute),” which was released in the United States as “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” has been named the best film of 2017 at the Cesar Awards, France’s version of the Oscars.

The drama set among AIDS activists in Paris in the 1980s and 1990s also won awards for actors Antoine Reinartz and Nahuel Perez Biscayart and for its screenplay, original score and film editing.

The film was France’s official submission into the Oscars foreign-language race, but it did not make the nine-film shortlist.

Other films to win multiple awards at the Cesars, which were held on Friday in Paris, include Hubert Charuel’s directorial debut, “Bloody Milk,” which won for actors Swann Arlaud and Sara Girardeau and was named Best First Film; and director Albert Dupontel’s period piece “See You Up There,” which won for direction, adapted screenplay, cinematography and production design.

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” an Oscar nominee in the foreign-language category, won the Cesar for best foreign film.

The complete list of Cesar Awards winners:

Best Film: “120 BPM (Battements par Minute)”
Best Director: Albert Dupontel, “See You Up There”
Best Actor: Swann Arlaud, “Bloody Milk”
Best Actress: Jeanne Balibar, “Barbara”
Best Supporting Actor: Antoine Reinartz, “”120 BPM”
Best Supporting Actress: Sara Giraudeau, “Bloody Milk”
Best New Actor: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, “120 BPM”
Best New Actress: Camelia Jordana, “Le Brio”
Best Foreign Film: “Loveless”
Best Original Screenplay: Robin Campillo, “120 BPM”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Albert Dupontel and Pierre Lemaitre, “See You Up There”
Best Documentary: “I Am Not Your Negro”
Best First Film: “Bloody Milk,” Hubert Charuel
Best Original Score: Arnaud Rebotini, “120 BPM”
Best Sound: “Barbara”
Best Editing: “120 BPM”
Best Cinematography: “See You Up There”
Best Costumes: “See You Up There”
Best Production Design: “See You Up There”
Best Animated Film: “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
Best Animated Short: “Pepe le Morse”
Best Short: “Les Bigorneaux”