In the marathon for the Oscars, “Anatomy of a Fall” tries to find its way

Go through a wall. In the race for the 96th Oscars, which are to be awarded on Sunday March 10 in Los Angeles, Justine Triet’s film, Anatomy of a Fall , is part, just like American Fiction , by Cord Jefferson, Winter Break , by Alexander Payne , and The Zone of Interest , by Jonathan Glazer, feature films nominated five times, notably in the best film category. But the French hopeful will be faced with heavyweights of another caliber, like Oppenheimer , by Christopher Nolan, produced and distributed by Universal and nominated thirteen times; Poor Creatures , by Yorgos Lanthimos (Fox Searchlight, Disney subsidiary), eleven times; Killers of the Flower Moon , by Martin Scorsese (Apple), ten times; Barbie , of Greta Gerwig (Warner Bros), eight times, or Maestro , by Bradley Cooper (Netflix), nominated seven times.

Backed by extremely wealthy groups, these competitors benefit from a profusion of resources in this race for the Oscars to capture the maximum number of votes among the 9,797 voters. As early as the Cannes Film Festival, in May 2023, the French film team signed with the independent American distributor Neon to defend its colors. Anything but a risky choice since its CEO, Tom Quinn, achieved the feat of bringing the South Korean film Parasite , by Bong Joon-ho, to the Hollywood firmament, with four statuettes at the 92nd Oscars , in 2020. Amateur of French films, Tom Quinn also boosted the careers of Titane across the Atlantic, by Julia Ducournau, or even Portrait of the Girl on Fire , by Céline Sciamma. “Almost all the American distributors made us an offer at Cannes. We chose Neon before winning the Palme,” explains David Thion, associate co-producer of Films Pelléas.

Preparing for the Oscars “is six months of hand-wringing, dinners, screenings, newspaper articles, media campaign. Exactly the life of a politician on the campaign trail . remembers Manuel Chiche, the French distributor of Parasite . The stakes are enormous, he recalls. “Thanks to the Oscars, Bong Joon-ho’s film went from 5 million dollars [4.6 million euros] in box office revenue in the United States to more than 53 million dollars and reached 209 million dollars in other territories. » A small miracle for this film which cost 11.4 million dollars.

Background work

This is the destiny that Justine Triet hopes for in her wildest dreams. The whole team has been on the front lines since October 2023 for the Oscar race. The director devoted herself ad nauseam to the exercise of promoting her film to voters, answering their questions for an hour after the screening. Often several times a day. But the groundwork had started before, specifies co-producer Marie-Ange Luciani, head of Films de Pierre.

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