‘CODA’ producers, director Jacques Ouard, Michel Gondry on France’s 2023 Oscars committee – The Hollywood Reporter

French film board, CNC, on Friday unveiled the first seven-member board that will select France’s official contender for the 2023 Best International Feature Oscar.

Acclaimed French director Michel Gondry (eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Jacques Ouard (rust and Bone, a prophet) will sit on the committee, together with coda Producer Philippe Rousselet, godland Producer Didar Domhari, Film Sales Officer Hengmeh Panahi, President of French sales group Celluloid Dreams, Grégoire Melin, President of Kinology and Ariane Toscan du Plantier, Director of French and International Distribution at French media conglomerate Gaumont.

The seven-person board will meet twice – on 15 September where they will select a shortlist of three to five French films for consideration for the 2023 Oscars – and on 22 September when they will represent producers and sales companies to make their final picks. Before shortlist movies.
The president of the CNC and the president of the French cinema promotion group Unifrance will attend the meetings as observers, but will not have voting rights.

France’s submissions for the 2023 Oscars must be sent to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences before October 3.

Only French productions – films in which the majority of the artistic team is French – shot primarily in a language other than English (though not necessarily in French) were released between January 1–November. 30, 2022 will be considered.

Earlier this week, French Culture Minister Rima Abdel-Malak issued a decree
France’s Oscar selection committee, which has been criticized for being in sync with the Academy’s voters.

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Last year, the selection committee chose the controversial and divisive Palme d’Or winner Julia Ducornau titan To represent France before Audrey Dewan’s abortion drama Is happeningA film that many would have given a better chance at the Oscars. titan Oscar not shortlisted.

In fact, out of the last 10 French international Oscar submissions, only four made the final shortlist, and just two – Deniz Gamze Erguen wild horse of america and Ladj Ly’s in 2015 Les Miserables In 2019 – received an Oscar nomination. Didn’t win either. France hasn’t won an Oscar for best international film since Regis Varganier’s film Indochine in 1993.

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