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France Shortlists Five Films as Potential Oscar Submissions

France Shortlists Five Films as Potential Oscar Submissions

France, one of the powerhouses in the Best Foreign Language Film category, has announced a shortlist of five films that are being considered to become the country’s Oscar entry.

The candidates are:

Summertime(La Belle Saison)

Dir. Catherine Corsini
ISA: Pyramide International
U.S. Distributor: None Yet

Dheepan

Dir. Jacques Audiard
ISA: Wild Bunch
U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects

The Measure of a Man (La Loi du Marché)

Dir. Stéphane Brizé
ISA: MK2
U.S. Distributor: Kino Lorber 

Marguerite

Dir. Xavier Giannoli
ISA: Memento Films International
U.S. Distributor: Cohen Media Group

Mustang

Dir.Deniz Gamze Ergüven
ISA:Kinology
U.S. Distribution: Cohen Media Group

The biggest surprise is to see that “Mustang” is being considered by France rather than Turkey. Earlier today we reported on Turkey’s Oscar submission, “Sivas,” which was also unexpected. It’s now clear that the film is being claimed as a French production rather than a Turkish one. The film has become a festival darling winning awards at Cannes, Odessa, and Sarajevo.

The other four films are some the most acclaimed French works of the year. Audiard’s “Dheepan” earned him the Cannes Palm d’Or; “The Measure of a Man” also screened at the prestigious festival taking home the Best Actor award; lavish biopic “Marguerite” recently  premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and Corsini’s “Summertime” received the Variety Piazza Grande Award at Locarno.

France will announced its final selection on September 23. The last time the country was nominated for the coveted statuette was back in 2010 with Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

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