France submits “Two Of Us” to the international feature film race – Deadline


The selection committee of the Oscars of France chose comedy / drama Two of us as its submission in the International Feature Film category at the 2021 Oscars. From director Filippo Meneghetti, the first feature film premiered in the Discovery section of Toronto last year and was released in France in early 2020 via Sophie Dulac Distribution. Magnolia has US rights and will be released on February 5, 2021. Other festival plays have included London, Macau and Palm Springs.The story centers on retirees Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and Madeleine (Martine Chevallier) who have been hiding their deep and passionate love for many decades. Everyone, including Madeline’s family, thinks they’re just neighbors. When an unforeseen crisis upsets their relationship, Madeline’s daughter (Léa Drucker) begins to gradually unravel the truth between them.

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Two of us (alias Of them in French) is produced by Paprika Films with The Party Film Sales on international rights.

Today’s deliberations lasted longer than expected as the selection committee narrowed down a shortlist of French candidates which also included Maimouna Doucouré’s Netflix drama. Cuties; Francois Ozon’s Summer of 85; start of functionality Gagarin by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh; and Maiwenn’s ADN.

The selection of Two of us follows last year Wretched, Ladj Ly-hemled’s first feature film that was nominated. France’s previous stunt in the race came with Deniz Gamze Erguven’s 2015 drama Mustang. France is one of the most nominated countries in this category but has not won a victory since 1992 Indochine.

The Oscar selection committee is made up of industry professionals including filmmakers Mati Diop and Olivier Nakache; producers Marc du Pontavice and Anne-Dominique Toussaint; and the sales agents Carole Barton and Juliette Schrameck; as well as the director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux, the president of Unifrance Serge Toubiana and the president of the César Academy Véronique Cayla.


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