Five French films hope for a place in the Oscars race
by Fabien Lemercier
- Summertime, Dheepan, The Measure of a Man, Marguerite and Mustang are battling it out
The committee tasked with choosing the French representative in the race for the nominations for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film has unveiled a shortlist of five films. The identity of the successful candidate that will end up competing for the famous statuette (which will be handed out on 28 February 2016, following the final selection of the nominees on 14 January) will be revealed after a hearing session organised by the committee on 22 September, which will welcome the producers and international sales agents of the five features going through the second round of voting.
Featuring among the five hopefuls are three films that were revealed at the Cannes Film Festival: The Palme d'Or winner Dheepan [+see also:
Q&A: Jacques Audiard
film profile] by Jacques Audiard (read the interview with the director), The Measure of a Man [+see also:
interview: Stéphane Brizé
film profile] by Stéphane Brizé (read the interview), which earned Vincent Lindon the Best Actor Award on the Croisette, and the French executive-produced Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (read the interview), the star attraction of the Directors’ Fortnight.
The other films that have been chosen are Summertime [+see also:
film profile] by Catherine Corsini, which had its world premiere in the Piazza Grande at Locarno, and Marguerite [+see also:
interview: Xavier Giannoli
film profile] by Xavier Giannoli (read the interview), which was popular recently in competition at Venice.
This year’s selection committee, chaired by Frédérique Bredin (president of the CNC), comprises Thierry Frémaux (General Delegate of the Cannes Festival), Jean-Paul Salomé (president of UniFrance), Serge Toubiana (president of the CNC’s advance on receipts), Alain Terzian (president of the César Academy) and three artists: Nathalie Baye, Mélanie Laurent and Michel Hazanavicius.
(Translated from French)
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