Oscars 2023: five shortlisted French films including four directed by women

See Paris again, A nice morning or Saint Omer are on the list of films shortlisted to represent France in the international film category at the Oscars on March 12, 2023. Next selection Friday, September 23.

Will France be represented at the Oscars in 2023? On Thursday, September 15, the commission responsible for selecting the French film candidate for the 2023 Oscar for international feature film, composed among others of directors Michel Gondry and Jacques Audiard, met at the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image ( CNC). Of the 33 candidate films, five – including four directed by female filmmakers – were selected: See Paris again by Alice Winocour A nice morning of Mia Hansen – Love, Full time by Eric Gravel, Saint-Omer by Alice Diop, The worst by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret. One of them may succeed Indochina by Régis Wargnier, the last French film to win the statuette in 1993.

Following a decree by Culture Minister Rima Abdul-Malak, the commission has since July been made up of seven film professionals: two exporters, two producers, two directors and a qualified personality. The three seats reserved for representatives of institutions (Académie des César, Cannes and Unifrance) have thus been abolished. The absence of Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes festival, sometimes singled out to favor the films presented on the Croisette, would it be felt? None of the films presented in the official selection this year appears on the list compiled by the commission. The selection criteria have also been revised with an application system to be submitted, the films having to be motivated and have a distributor in the United States.

Of the 33 applications received by the CNC on 1er September, five were therefore selected. Each of the pre-selected films will have to be examined once again by the commission on Friday, September 23 during a hearing with its producer, the international seller, and, if necessary, the American distributor. The feature film selected at the end of this second stage will be proposed to the Academy of the Oscars, which will decide, or not, to nominate it, on March 12, 2023, in Los Angeles in the category of the best international film. As a reminder, the last French film represented in this category was Wretched of Ladj Ly in 2020.

See Paris again by Alice Winocourt

In the cinema now.

A nice morning by Mia Hansen-Love

Release scheduled for October 5.

Full time by Eric Gravel

Released in theaters on March 16, 2022.

Saint-Omer by Alice Diop

Theatrical release scheduled for November 23, 2022.

The worst by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret

Theatrical release scheduled for November 30, 2022.

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Oscars 2023: five shortlisted French films including four directed by women