Surprise CNC, where the committee responsible for the selection of the film representing France for awarding the Oscar for best foreign film in 2016 chose the Mustang film, directed by Franco-Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven. It is indeed a French film, in the sense that “creative control of the film is to be exercised by people of the country presenting the film” according to the criteria defined by the Academy Awards. It is this test which earned Timbuktu of Abderrahmane Sissako, yet elected César Award for Best Film (as produced by French capital of our country), to represent Mauritania Oscar early 2015.

Even shot in Turkey in the language of the country, Mustang has the opportunity to represent France as it is the first feature film from a filmmaker who lives in France, who graduated from Fémis and who co-wrote the script for his movie with another French director, Alice Winocour. Specifically, the CNC remembers in a statement that “this French film initiative, a budget of € 1.3 million, was produced by CHARLES GILLIBERT (CG Cinema), in co-production with Bam Movies (Turkey), Vistamar Filmproduktion (Germany) and Uhland Film (Germany). ” Mustang has also received support from 150 000 Aid to World Cinema (CNC and the French Institute) and support the Franco-German mini-treaty, amounting to 210,000 euros.

Mustang front “Deephan” and “The Market Act”
One can only wonder about the artistic choice of a committee (composed of Thierry Frémaux, Jean-Paul Salomé, Alain Terzian, Serge Toubiana, Nathalie Baye, Michel Hazanavicius and Mélanie Laurent) that spread Deephan and Market Act Yet who triumphed in Cannes. Still, the beautiful film Deniz Gamze Ergüven, somewhat reminiscent of the first steps of Sofia Coppola, conducted in France over 450,000 admissions since its presentation at the Directors’ Fortnight and its theatrical release in June. In the US, the film was acquired by Cohen Media Group, one of the largest US distributors, which will be released on 20 November. A good launch pad before the final selection of the finally selected foreign film Oscar.

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