scriptedending (scriptedending) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

France, Canada Pick International Feature Oscar Submissions

France has selected Les Misérables, directed by Ladj Ly, as their submission for the International Feature Film Oscar. It won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and was selected for submission over two other shortlisted films: Portrait of a Lady on Fire, directed by Céline Sciamma, and Proxima, directed by Alice Winocour. Portrait had also won awards at Cannes, including Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm, while Proxima had received an honorable mention after its premiere at TIFF.

Les Misérables is inspired by the 2005 French riots, examining the tensions between residents and the police, and based on the short film of the same name, also directed by Ly. Amazon has bought the rights for US distribition.

Canada has selected Antigone, directed by Sophie Deraspe, as their submission. The film, a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy for which it is named, premiered at TIFF, and won the Best Canadian Feature Film prize at the festival.

The shortlist for International Feature Film will be released in mid-December, with the nominations announced in January.

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What a killer year for French cinema! Disappointed for Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Proxima, but happy that France nominated its first film from a black director.
Tags: award show - academy awards, award show - nominees / winners, film, film - drama
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