Mustang and Son of Saul near the Oscars summit

The 2015 LUX Prize winner, Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and the LUX Prize Official Selection title Son of Saul by László Nemes are now two of the five hopefuls nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, which will be handed out on 28 February. The nomination for the coveted statuette is another jewel in the crown of Ergüven’s and Nemes’ astonishing films as they press on with their adventure.
The gamble of the French Oscar selection committee, which decided to choose Mustang, a Turkish-language French executive-produced film and also a feature debut, has most certainly paid off. The nomination was hailed by CNC president Frédérique Bredin: “This is a terrific recognition of this bright film that symbolises a French film industry that is open to the whole world.” The 2015 LUX Film Prize winner is one of the frontrunners in the race.
Perhaps the most important competitor that Ergüven’s film will have to duke it out with is Nemes’ Son of Saul, part of the 2015 LUX Prize official selection. After having triumphed at the Golden Globes, the young director has seen his extraordinary feature debut, one of the most successful titles of the year, selected in the final race for the Oscar.
The highly acclaimed movies will have to compete against Ciro Guerra’s The Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), Tobias Lindholm’s A War (Denmark) and Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb (Jordan).
It is worth noting that Mustang and Son of Saul are not the first LUX Prize-selected titles to be in the running for the Oscars. Previous films include Götz Spielmann’s Revanche (2008 LUX Prize official selection), Felix Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013 LUX Prize winner), Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (2013 LUX Prize official selection) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (2014 LUX Prize winner). In fact, the last two took home the statuette. Wim Wender’s Pina (2011 LUX Prize official selection) was also nominated, but in the Best Documentary category.
Will the Oscar be handed to a LUX Prize-approved film again? We hope so! Don’t miss the awards ceremony on 28 February!