“ We are more than happy! It is a choice both extremely strong, radical, modern, which takes into account the face of a new generation of filmmakers ,” responded the director of 37 years to AFP.
“ The fact that France today is this film in the Oscar race is the powerful symbol of a defense of free speech “, was -it welcomed.
“ Deniz Gamze Ergüven whose background and work is a beautiful illustration of this dialogue of cultures which we are particularly attached, (…) represent beautifully the France we love “, said the Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, in a statement.
Ode to freedom, “ Mustang “, presented at the last Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight, which has been one of the revelations, is the story of five sisters funny and cheeky at the age of puberty in a Turkish village.
Judged too free, they are sequestered by their families, who decides to marry the force quickly. Passionately defending their joy of life, they will be innovative attempt to circumvent prohibited.
Born in 1978 in Ankara, Deniz Gamze Ergüven grew up between France and Turkey, and studied film in Paris, Fémis which she graduated in 2006.
His film, critically acclaimed, has already made some 450,000 admissions in France since its release in mid-June. Turkey remained confidential, it will be released on November 20 in the United States.
Filmed in Turkey, “ Mustang ” – in reference to the wild horses – was produced by the French CHARLES GILLIBERT (CG Cinema), in co-production with Bam Movies (Turkey) Vistamar Filmproduktion (Germany) and Uhland Film (Germany).
“ This is a first film, which speaks of quite complicated issues, including the rights of women in a country in which conservatism is always becoming more and more “, told AFP the producer CHARLES GILLIBERT.
“ This is a movie that was not easy to set up and which, since the Cannes Film Festival, has a destiny absolutely fabulous. So we are very happy “, he added.
The race is long for an Oscar for best foreign film. The countries make their proposal and then the Academy Awards in December published a first list of selected films last year nine of 83 movies competing at the start. In January, she published a second list of five works.
Last year, the film proposed by France, “ Saint Laurent ” Bertrand Bonello, on the life of the famous French fashion designer, had not passed Cape the first selection. This is the Polish film “ Ida ” Pawel Pawlikowski of who had won.
The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016. All nominations are announced Jan. 14.
France did not win the Oscar for best foreign film in 1993. It was then rewarded for “ Indochina ” Régis Wargnier, with Catherine Deneuve.
The committee responsible for the selection was made this year actresses Nathalie Baye and Mélanie Laurent, the Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius, the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux, the president of the Academy of César Alain Terzian, President of Unifrance Jean-Paul Salomé and the President of the Committee in advance on receipts from CNC Serge Toubiana.