Paris, 25 February 2008
I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Marion Cotillard, who has just received the Oscar for Best Actress for her masterful interpretation of Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose”, directed by Olivier Dahan.
Half a century after Simone Signoret, a French artist has received the Best Actress award at the Oscars. It was a good omen that Catherine Allegret, Simone Signoret’s daughter, herself had a role in “La Vie en Rose”.
Marion Cotillard embodies an Edith Piaf who is unsettling in her realism, emotion and passion. Her interpretation brings to life the story of a woman who gave French song its acclaim and authenticity; a singer, too, who closely united France and America.
I would also like to salute her partners on the screen as well as the director and technical team, who contributed to this sublime interpretation.
I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald for the Best Makeup award received for the same film.
And I would also like to congratulate Philippe Pollet-Villard for his short film, “Le Mozart des Pickpockets” [“The Mozart of Pickpockets”].
These three Oscars illustrate the excellence of French cinema, which never fails but rather grows stronger over time. They are a fine acknowledgement of the talent of its authors, artists and technicians./.