Molières 2024: Francis Huster in the spotlight, declarations from Sophia Aram, Rachida Dati taken to task… the highlights of the ceremony

Molières 2024: Francis Huster in the spotlight, declarations from Sophia Aram, Rachida Dati taken to task… the highlights of the ceremony
Molières 2024: Francis Huster in the spotlight, declarations from Sophia Aram, Rachida Dati taken to task… the highlights of the ceremony

The Molières 2024 spotlighted Francis Huster and a play about Iranian exiles, Monday evening, during a ceremony marked by several positions taken against budget cuts.

“Thank you to everyone except Madam Minister!”, launched the mistress of ceremonies, the comedian Caroline Vigneaux. “You get us back the 204 million euros (less on the culture budget, editor’s note), you don’t touch the intermittency. And we’ll release you in time for Paris City Hall!“, she quipped.

An actor from the CGT spectacle also warned against “theatre companies (…) bankrupt, tens of thousands of jobs threatened”. “It’s a massive layoff plan that doesn’t say its name”.

Present in the Folies Bergère hall, the minister did not speak, but posted a video at the start of the evening in which she assured that “the regime of intermittency (…) must be preserved”.

She also advocated more “collaborations” between public and private theater. The conclusions of a report on the subject are expected this summer. This 35th edition was dedicated “to the memory of Bernard Pivot”, writer and television presenter who died on Monday at the age of 89.

It was also an opportunity for live performance to support the fight against sexist and sexual violence, via the broadcast of a giant trombinoscope on which we could read “You are not alone.”.

Coincidentally, this Monday was the day on which the indictment of playwright and writer Pierre Notte, named several times at this ceremony in the past, was revealed for the rape of one of his former high school theater students in 2004 to 2005, which he refutes by arguing for a real “love story” with the teenager.

Standing ovation for Francis Huster

Receiving an honorary Molière, Francis Huster, 76, praised “the real heroines” plays by Molière, his female characters, in a tirade which earned him a standing ovation.

And to quote “Agnès, Elvire, Armande, Célimène, Toinette, Nicole, Dorine” who dared “denounce and triumph over these cowards, Tartuffe rapist, hypocrite Orgon, Arpagon avaricious pervert, Jourdain obsessed with money and sex, Arnolphe predator pedophile, Argan deranged and even Dom Juan killer without remorse”.

As for the awards, the play “4.211 km” by Aïla Navidi, which tells the story of the exile of an Iranian family and their fight for freedom, was recognized twice (best private theater show and Molière of revelation female).

The opportunity for director and actress Olivia Pavlou Graham to call for the release of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi sentenced to death in his country.

“Dead Poets Society” inspired, 35 years later, by the film with Robin Williams as a non-conformist professor, received two awards (best director and male revelation for Ethan Oliel).

Vincent Dedienne received the Molière for best actor in a private theater show for “A straw hat from Italy”. On the public theater side, Micha Lescot (“Richard II”) won the prize.

The comedian Sophia Aram, who received the Molière for humor, had, shortly before, mentioned the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. “If we are all here calling for a ceasefire, how can we be in solidarity with the thousands of civilian deaths in Gaza without also being in solidarity with the Israeli victims?“, she said.

The Molière for actress in a private theater performance was awarded to Cristiana Reali “(A Streetcar Named Desire”).

The Molière of the actress in a public theater performance went to Vanessa Cailhol (“Courgette”, who was nominated seven times).

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