Mustang heads to the European Film Awards and the Oscars

Mustang heads for the European Film Awards and the Oscars

The fairy tale continues for Mustang, the feature debut by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film, one of the three finalists for the 2015 LUX Prize alongside Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s The Lesson, will travel to Berlin – and will try to make it to Hollywood.
 
The European Film Academy announced that Ergüven’s film has been nominated for this year’s European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. The film will vie for the trophy against Goodnight Mommy by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, Limbo by Anna Sofie Hartmann, Slow West by John Maclean and Summer Downstairs by Tom Sommerlatte. This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Member Dagmar Jacobsen, experts Mihai Chirilov, Lynda Myles and Gerwin Tamsma, as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Marco Spagnoli and Neil Young as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. The awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on 12 December.
 
In the meantime, the film has also been selected to represent France in the race for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language film. Mustang, executive-produced by Charles Gillibert for Paris-based outfit CG Cinéma, prevailed over the four other shortlisted titles (read the news).
 
This year’s selection committee, chaired by CNC president Frédérique Bredin, comprised General Delegate of the Cannes Festival Thierry Frémaux, UniFrance president Jean-Paul Salomé, CNC’s advance on receipts president Serge Toubiana, César Academy president Alain Terzian, actresses Nathalie Baye and Mélanie Laurent and director Michel Hazanavicius. Mustang, distributed in France in June by Ad Vitam, has racked up 443,000 admissions in 13 weeks and is still showing in 126 theatres. In the United States, it has been acquired by Cohen Media Group, which will bring it out on 20 November, way ahead the Oscars ceremony, which will be held on 28 February 2016, following the final selection of the nominees on 14 January.
 
Good luck, Mustang!