Mustang and The Measure of a Man hope to represent France in the Oscars race

Mustang and The Measure of a Man hope to represent France in the Oscars race

One of the LUX Prize finalists, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, and one of the LUX Prize official selected films, Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, will fight to be the French representative in the race for the nominations for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film.


Ergüven’s Mustang is a French executive-produced film (CG Cinéma) and therefore eligible for the title on behalf of France. The true revelation of the Directors’ Fortnight (with the Europa Cinemas Label into the bargain and sales all around the world) follows five sisters in northern Turkey, as their family home is progressively transformed into a prison for them due to religious intransigence towards women.


Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, awarded in Cannes’ official competition with the Best Acting Prize for Vincent Lindon, is also in contention. The film portraits Thierry, who at the age of 51 and after 20 months on unemployment, starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with several moral dilemmas.


Mustang and The Measure of a Man are pre-selected for the honour alongside with other three hopefuls: the Palme d'Or winner Dheepan by Jacques Audiard, Summertime by Catherine Corsini and Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli.


This year’s selection committee, chaired by CNC president Fédérique Bredin, will unveil the identity of the successful candidate that will end up competing for the famous statuette (which will be handed out on 28 February 2016, following the final selection of the nominees on 14 January) after a hearing session organised on 22 September, which will welcome the producers and international sales agents of the five features going through the second round of voting.