The French Academy of Film will award filmmaker David Fincher its highest award, the French equivalent of the Oscars, at next year’s César Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
Se7en, Fight Club Director*) , Gone Girl and The Social Network, and as director and producer People such as House of Cards, Mindhunter and
Love, Death and Robot
– All for Netflix – will be at the 3rd César Ceremony in Paris in February 17. The program will be presented live on the French pay-television network Canal+
. “A brilliant technician, a true visionary, whose films are captivating, sane, and an inspiration to countless artists.”
Given Fincher’s partnership with Netflix Closely linked, the honor could be read as an act of détente between the French academy and the streaming giant. Netflix has been a favorite punching bag for many in the industry in France, who blame the rise in online viewing for the drop in box office. France still has one of the longest and tightest window structures in the world. Under current guidelines, movies released in theaters typically have to wait months before they can be streamed online. Netflix’s refusal to commit to a theatrical release of its films in France resulted in its films being banned from Cannes, France’s premiere film festival.
But arguably no director is more closely associated with Netflix than David Fincher. In addition to his television work, Fincher directed Mank of 48 and His upcoming feature film The Killer, starring Tilda Swinton and Michael Fassbender, will also be available globally on Netflix.
The French Academy announcement on Friday mentioned Fincher’s work at Netflix, but the anchor was notably not named in the release.