In a surprising move, France has announced that the Turkish-language coming-of-age drama “Mustang” is the country’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film was selected from a 5-film shortlist that included Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” lavish biopic “Marguerite,” and Desplechin’s “My Golden Years.”
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven the debut feature follows five sisters in a small Turkish town whose morality is questioned under the traditional and chauvinist views. Dubbed the Turkish “Virgin Suicides,” the film has garnered praised since it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Multiple other awards and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim followed.
International sales are being handled by Kinology. Cohen Media Group has U.S. rights. With “Mustang” Cohen has now two Oscar contenders, the other being Iceland’s “Rams,” which was name the Scandinavian country’s submission a few weeks ago.
France was last nominated for the award was back in 2010 with Audiard’s “A Prophet.” The last time the country took home the award was in 1993 for Wargnier’s “Indochine.”