“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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