Julia Ducournau‘s Titane, which won the Cannes Palme d’Or award earlier this year, has officially been selected as France’s submission to the Best International Feature category at the 2022 Oscars.
Haven previously won the prestigious award, which was selected by a jury including Spike Lee, the film has since been showing at festivals across the world, also winning the Midnight Madness Audience Award at TIFF.
In a tough year filled with great films for France, Titane was shortlisted alongside Audrey Diwan‘s Venice Golden Lion winner Happening and Cédric Jimenez‘s box office hit Bac Nord (The Stronghold). Other films that were in contention for the selection included Celine Sciamma‘s Petite Maman and Jacques Audiard‘s Paris, 13th District.
Over the past decade, France has been a country that has been afraid to take many risks within the International Feature category. This has led to films such as Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue is the Warmest Color to both miss out on the final nominations. With new members added to the committee such as Florian Zeller and Julie Delpy, alongside the critical reception of Titane this award season, the choice to go with Ducournau’s film may just pay off for the country.
This year’s International Feature category is shaping up to be one with many surprises, as Spain chose to put forward Fernando León de Aranoa‘s The Good Boss instead of Pedro Almodóvar‘s Parallel Mothers. Whilst the category is starting to shape up, many people may be changing their predictions now thanks to France’s bold choice.