A new stage reached. Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven chosen in September to represent France at the Oscars was chosen among the nine films selected before the appointments of the five foreign films nominated at the ceremony, said the Academy arts and film sciences.
A true ode to freedom, Mustang depicts five young mischievous and cheeky sisters living in a remote village in Turkey and who, after having triggered a scandal fun with boys, find themselves locked and double-locked by their family who decides to marry them by force. Franco-German co-production of French initiative and Turkish first feature Deniz Gamze Ergüven graduated from FEMIS in 2006, the film was premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, where he delighted the critics .
He was then selected in numerous festival which Odessa, Karlovy Vary, Sarajevo, Chicago, Toronto and Busan. Released last June in France, it was a great success with 450,000 entries. Then Released in US theaters in November, the film received very good reviews and is among the five films selected in the category “Best Foreign Film” for the upcoming Golden Globes, the price of the foreign press in Hollywood.
This is only the second time that France chooses to present a non-Francophone Film Oscar after Orfeu Negro Marcel Camus, shot in Portuguese and rewarded in 1960.
When Mustang is for now one of the favorites, the film has yet to be selected among the five finalists, the list will be announced on January 14 at the same time as the rest of the appointments. For now, the film is in competition with the grand prize of the Cannes Film Festival, The son of Saul Laszlo Nemes, representing Hungary, and also one of the favorites.
Among the other films selected also included the German feature film, also on the Shoah, The silence of the Labyrinth Giulio Ricciarelli, the Colombian movie The embrace of the snake Ciro Guerra, A War Danish Tobias Lindholm, Theeb Naji Abu Nowar representing Jordan, The Fencer the Finn Klaus Härö , The All New Testament Jaco van Dormael Belgian and Viva the Irishman Paddy Breathnach.
The 88th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will be broadcast on ABC.
(See Below Mustang trailer):