France submits ‘Class’ over ‘So Long’ for foreign Oscar

Posted by · 9:45 am · September 19th, 2008

François Bégaudeau in The ClassOne big question mark floating around since the foreign language film submissions started trickling in has been which film France would submit, the Cannes sensation (and Palm d’Or winner) “The Class” or Philippe Claudel’s “I’ve Loved You So Long.”

Anchored by a critically acclaimed performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudel’s film is one of the most buzzed films to come out of Telluride and Toronto.  “Best film of the year” has been a typical verdict.

Then again, it’s hard to argue with Laurent Canet’s Palm d’Or winner, which beat out some thick competition on the Croisette this year.

Well today we get an answer.  France will be submitting “The Class” as their foreign language film contender in this year’s Oscar race.  The result is similar to last year’s debate when the country had a critical darling and a film packing a performance punch to work with in “Persepolis” and “La Vie en Rose” respeticvely.  The former ended up making the trip before being unceremoniously cut from the competition during the early stages.

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  • 1 9-19-2008 at 10:05 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Probably a good choice — I gather “The Class” is more of a socially conscious, culturally reflective film, which the voters often like in a Foreign Film contender. Plus it’s supposed to be terrific.

    “I’ve Loved You So Long,” amazing film that it is, is more insular — if anything, though, this might boost its chances in the writing and performance categories, as the Academy can’t simply exile it to the foreign category.

  • 2 9-19-2008 at 11:44 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I’ve Loved You will garner enough attention and possibly multiple nods on its own. Double exposure for French films. Wise decision. Gonna see I’ve Loved You next week I hope.

  • 3 9-20-2008 at 6:47 am

    douglas.racso said...

    Philippines will submit Ploning.

    good movie, solid and well acted, though not the best that philippines can offer.