Golden Palm in Cannes, the work worn by Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon exceeded 300,000 entries in French cinemas. “North Tray” and “The Event” were also in the running.
A specialized commission of the National Cinema and Animated Image Center (CNC) has decided after a series of hearings on Tuesday 12 October, to designate the titanium film as a representative of France at the next Oscar Ceremony .
“We are very proud that titanium, particularly exceptional film, can carry the colors of France,” commented Dominique Boutonnat, President of the CNC, in a communiqué broadcast Tuesday evening. The competition will take place in Los Angeles, March 27, 2022.
The film follows the character of Alexia, embodied by Agathe Rousselle, which survives with a serious car accident thanks to a prosthesis encrusted above the ear, containing titanium – a metal resistant to high temperatures.
“More diversity in our cinema experiences”
The Cannes Film Festival had hit a great blow, in the month of July, cropping Julia Ducournau for a furiously contemporary work, the French becoming the second director of the history of the festival to receive the Palme d’Or.
The jury, chaired by Spike Lee, came to reward the benjamine of the competition, 37, twenty-eight years after the Golden Palme of Jane Campion for the piano lesson. Julia Ducournau had thanked the jury of having “recognized the greedy and visceral need we have of a more fluid and inclusive world”, and to “call for more diversity in our experiences in cinema and in our lives”. “I realize that the imperfection is a stalemate, and that the monstrosity that scares some and crosses my work is a weapon, a force to repel the walls of the normativity that locally and separate us,” she had Added.
Two other films were in the running to represent French cinema at the American ceremony: the event, directed by Audrey Diwan, 41 years old, who adapted the autobiographical story of Annie Ernaux on clandestine abortion – the film Won the Golden Lion in Venice – and North Bac, signed Cédric Jimenez, a feature film that plunges into a case that made the Police Marseille flicker, resolutely adopting the officials’ point of view.