Outside the Law, The Illusionist stay in race
by Fabien Lemercier
For the third time in his career, Rachid Bouchareb is among the nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with Outside the Law [+see also:
film profile]. Meanwhile, Sylvain Chomet has been nominated for a second time in the Best Animated Feature category with The Illusionist [+see also:
After Dust of Life in 1996 and Days of Glory [+see also:
film profile] in 2007, Bouchareb will once again vie for the famous statuette (to be awarded on February 27, 2011) with Outside the Law, which is representing Algeria although it is a majority French co-production. Unveiled in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (see review), Outside the Law was produced by France (59% investment), Algeria (21%), Tunisia (10%) and Belgium (10%).
Initiated by Tessalit Productions, the film was mainly co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and France 3 Cinéma. It received an advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), and pre-acquisitions from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. StudioCanal is handling international sales.
Twice nominated in 2004 with Belleville Rendez-Vous [+see also:
film profile] (Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song), Chomet will compete with The Illusionist for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, against Dragons and Toy Story 3. This UK/French co-production unveiled as a special screening at Berlin was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and Pathé. The latter also managed international sales.
Finally, Denis Villeneuve’s Scorched [+see also:
film profile] (Canada/France) has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Alexandre Desplat for The King’s Speech in the Best Original Score category and Bastien Dubois’s Madagascar, A Journey Diary for Best Animated Short Film.
(Translated from French)