The Rabbi’s Cat” named best animation at Cesars

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Le Chat du Rabbin

Le Chat du Rabbin

Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux’s The Rabbi’s Cat” (“Le Chat du rab­bin”) was named best ani­mated film Fri­day at the Césars, France’s equiv­a­lent of the Oscars.

Designer Joann Sfar had made a 3D adap­ta­tion of Le Chat du Rab­bin, a comic first released in 2002, which even­tu­ally grew to five books in at least eight languages.

Last year, Sfar won a César for the year’s best first film for bring­ing to the screen the “heroic” life of singer Serge Gainsbourg.

Delesvaux thanked his wife and grand­mother for “speak­ing all the time about Algeria.”

If it were the grand­moth­ers who taught about the Maghreb, it would be a lit­tle less dis­gust­ing,” he quipped.

Released in both 2D and 3D, the movie was based on three vol­umes about the adven­tures of the tit­u­lar cat. It recounted Algiers in the 1920s and the life of Rabbi Sfar through the eyes and ears of his cat, who acquired the power of speech.

Michel Hazanavicius’s black and white silent homage The Artist was named best pic­ture. It also won for best direc­tor (Haz­anavi­cius), actress (Berenice Bejo), orig­i­nal music (Ludovic Bource), pho­tog­ra­phy (Guil­laume Schiff­man) and back­grounds (Lau­rence Bennett).

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