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20 September 2019 à 23:10

Les Misérables, French candidate at the Oscars 2020

On Friday, September 20, the selection committee reached its decision: Les Misérables by Ladj Ly has been selected as the official candidate representing France in the Best International Feature Film category for the Oscars 2020.

Les Misérables is the official French submission for the Oscar for Best International Feature Film in 2020. In May this year, the debut feature by Ladj Ly received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere. It has since participated in international film festivals, including Durban (where it received the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards), Zurich, Shanghai, Munich, Melbourne, Sarajevo, Athens, Toronto, Saint Petersburg, Los Angeles, and San Sebastian, among others.

At the beginning of the week, alongside Les Misérables two other features had been selected by a new committee of French film industry professionals for the short list: Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma and Proxima by Alice Winocour.

The members of the gender-balanced committee responsible for selecting this year's French contender were directors Pierre Salvadori and Danièle Thompson, producers Jean Bréhat and Rosalie Varda, and exporters Muriel Sauzay and Agathe Valentin. Thierry Frémaux (general delegate of the Festival de Cannes), Alain Terzian (president of the Académie des César), and Serge Toubiana (president of UniFrance) take part in the vote as ex officio members.

A few weeks before the Oscars ceremony, which will take place on February 9, 2020, in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce the definitive list of five films that will compete for the Oscar for Best International Feature. To date, 65 films have been submitted to the Academy by their respective countries to be in the running for this prestigious award.

Author : Communications

Latest update : 28 September 2019 à 23:10 CEST



Les Misérables, French candidate at the Oscars 2020

Les Misérables (2019) - Trailer (English Subs)

Directed by : Ladj Ly
Produced by : SRAB Films
Genre: Fiction - Runtime: 1 h 43 min
French release: 20/11/2019
Production year: 2019

Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the suburbs of Paris, France, where, Victor Hugo set his famed novel “Les Miserables”. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) - both experienced members of the team - he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life. Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ladj Ly’s short  film of the same name, Les Misérables is a provocative insight into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police.

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