Happening, Titane, Bac Nord Shortlisted by Frances Oscar Committee

Audrey Diwan’s Venice-prizewinning timely abortion drama “Happening,” Julia Ducournau’s Cannes’ Palme d’Or-winning horror film “Titane,” and Cedric Jimenez’s cop thriller “Bac Nord” have been shortlisted by France’s Oscar committee. The French Oscar candidate is expected to be selected next Tuesday.

Each U.S. distributor — IFC Films/Film Nation for “Happening,” Neon for “Titane” and Netflix for “Bac Nord” — will be on the ground in Paris on Tuesday to make a case for their respective title before the French committee, along with the films’ producers and sales agents.

This year’s French Oscar committee includes Julie Delpy, Florent Zeller, the Oscar-winning director of “The Father,” the producers Iris Knobloch and Alain Goldman, whose credits include the Oscar-winning film “La vie en Rose,” as well as Emilie Georges, the Oscar-winning producer of “Call Me By Your Name” and founder of Memento International, and Grégory Chambet, co-founder of the sales company WTFilms. The committee also has three permanent members, Thierry Frémaux, Cannes Film Festival’s director, and Serge Toubiana, UniFrance’s president, as well as a representative of the Cesar Academy, the talent agent Elisabeth Tanner.

More to come.

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