France battling it out at the Golden Globes with eight nominations
by Fabien Lemercier
- The hopefuls range from Mustang to Alexandre Desplat, via a minority co-production, international sales, Eva Green and a TV series from Gaumont
The French film and television industry is really holding its own in the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globes, which will be given out on 10 January next year. The list of productions selected by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association particularly highlighted the very strong French involvement in the category of Best Foreign-language Film, as four out of the five titles chosen see the participation of France in one area or another.
Needless to say, the first of them is Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, a French executive-produced film staged by Charles Gillibert for Paris-based outfit CG Cinéma and also representing France in the race for the nominations for the 2016 Oscar. Co-produced by Turkey and Germany, Mustang was supported by the CNC’s World Cinema Support and the Franco-German Mini-traité. Having already been sold all around the world by Kinology, the feature has enticed 457,000 viewers into theatres in France (distributed by Ad Vitam).
A French minority co-production will also be setting its sights on the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-language Film: The Brand New Testament [+see also:
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile] by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. Co-produced by France with a stake of 20% (via Après le déluge) and pre-purchased by OCS, the film is being sold abroad by Paris-based company Le Pacte (which also distributed it in France, where it took a total of 816,000 admissions).
Featuring in the same category are two other features also being sold abroad by French sales agents: Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes (sold by Films Distribution – distributed in France by Ad Vitam with a theatrical run that is still ongoing, currently standing at 186,000 admissions) and El Club by Chile’s Pablo Larrain (sold by Funny Balloons – currently in French theatres, courtesy of Wild Bunch Distribution).
Lastly standing out among the film nominations is Alexandre Desplat, for his original score to the British-US-German feature The Danish Girl [+see also:
interview: Paco Delgado
film profile]. Having won an Oscar this year, the French composer already won a Golden Globe in 2007, and this is his eighth nomination since 2004.
France also has a presence in the nominations intended to single out television productions, as Gaumont produced (for Netflix) Narcos, which was selected in the categories of Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actor – Television Series Drama (for Brazilian performer Wagner Moura). Lastly, Eva Green is in the running for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her performance in the US-Irish-British production Penny Dreadful.
(Translated from French)