French co-production ‘Mustang’ nominated for best foreign film Oscar [fr]
Directed by Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, “Mustang” is set in a small village in northern Turkey, and tells the story of five young sisters whose basic freedoms are wrenched from them after they are swept up in scandal for innocently playing with a group of boys on their way home from school.
The film, which was screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated in the best foreign-language film category alongside Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent”, Hungary’s “Son of Saul”, Jordan’s “Theeb” and Denmark’s “A War”.
Since 1948, France had earned 39 nominations in the Foreign Language category and won 12 times. Of the earlier films to compete, three were directed by women. Erguven is now the fourth to join the ranks and brings the nominations total to 40.
The Oscars – the pinnacle of Hollywood’s awards season – will be handed out on February 28 at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.
Mustang was screened in Hong Kong during Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2015, in New Talents category.