’Renoir’ to represent France for the Oscars [fr]
The Centre National du cinema (CNC) has selected the film ‘Renoir’ to represent France for the Oscars. Gilles Bourdos’ movie is set on the French Riviera during World War I, at the end of the career of the impressionist artist. It tells the forgotten story of Andree Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was his last model and the first actor in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir. Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son.
‘Renoir’ has been a success in France and abroad since its release last January. It has been selected by the members of the commission in charge of the selection of the movie that represents France in the category Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Seven personalities from the movie industry formed this commission. Among them, Thierry Frémaux, CEO of Cannes Film Festival, the actress Isabelle Adjani, Alain Terzian, President of the ‘Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma’, as well as the Director Laurent Cantet, 2008 Palme d’Or winner for its movie ‘The class’.
Every year, the Academy selects only five films in this category among 60 to 70 films proposed by different countries. The ceremony will be on March 2, 2014. By then, the Academy will announce a short-list and a final selection.