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Xavier Dolan Pays Emotional Tribute To The Late Gaspard Ulliel During César Awards

The César Awards ceremony held tonight in Paris incorporated a poignant tribute by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan to dreary actor Gaspard Ulliel who died in January at age 37 following a skiing accident.

Ulliel, a star of Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight sequence, previously won the Handiest Actor César for 2016’s It’s Handiest The Discontinue Of The World which Dolan directed and wrote.

In a 10-minute speech, a in level of fact emotional Dolan spoke in the get of a letter to Ulliel’s mom as a hush fell in the route of the Olympia concert hall the save the ceremony used to be taking situation.

Merci Xavier Dolan pour cet hommage à Gaspard Ulliel 🤍 #César2022 pic.twitter.com/XxsK3FFlaW

— CANAL (@canalplus) February 25, 2022

Here is an abridged translation:

“I wanted to pay homage to my friend, our friend, Gaspard. I made up my mind to way it in the get of a letter.

Madame,

I’m writing this letter to you with out realizing you well.

Originate air, on the help of the window of my room in the woods the save I comprise sought refuge, the snow twirls in the air. It’s transfigured by the sunshine of the solar, and the wind persists in beating it into free snow. Huge conifers upward push in front of me, coated with a in level of fact heavy white deposit. Cold climate is serene, all of a unexpected, after a brutal commence.

I knew that in coming here to gaze out isolation I used to be going to commence thinking and writing about Gaspard. And rather then for an article, an interview or a prize, bid me that I had no plot to way so.

The day he died, I sought out his firm by rewatching a vary of his motion footage, together with A Very Prolonged Engagement…Most probably I intentionally made up our minds that this film would utter things that we refuse to explore, that I nonetheless refuse tonight, for instance, to explore, to bid.

But I didn’t come here to talk about about the career of Gaspard Ulliel — I might well per chance characterize the list of vivid exploits and feats, of starry passages among the many stars of the Riviera, of the alternate. But what carry out might well per chance these items comprise on the gaping hurt of his departure?

I couldn’t help but judge he would comprise hated this more or less elegy. He would comprise perceived a scarcity of class in this glorification. And he used to be very tidy…His abilities we nonetheless comprise and that, no can take away.

It’s the privilege of being popular and an actor of his light to be ready to depend on artwork to proceed us into eternity whereas other fundamental bereavements for some dwell unknown to all or change into so instant evanescent.

It’s a whole world that cried for Gaspard, it’s a whole world that also mourns him.

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