To everyone’s surprise, Anatomy of a Fall received two Golden Globes – best screenplay and foreign film – on January 8 in Hollywood. Here is Justine Triet propelled into the race for the Oscars, awarded in March. And already one thing is amazing. In eight months, the film has taken the spotlight many times and as many blows which, rather than weakening it, make it grow.
The phenomenon started in Cannes where, in her Palme d’Or award speech, instead of saying thank you, Justine Triet blasted on television the “uninhibited power” of Macron and a ministry of culture which “breaks the cultural exception .
In a fractured France, she could have ruined her film. On the contrary, the latter achieves the feat of pleasing both a wide audience and broad-spectrum critics: 1.3 million admissions in France for an author’s work of two hours and thirty minutes (300,000 tickets sold for Titane , Palme d’or 2021).
Anatomy of a Fall is also the most seen French film abroad in 2023 – around 1.5 million admissions – and its career is far from over, with 155 countries having bought it. It has already received around thirty awards, including six at the European Film Awards in Berlin, and best international film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. It currently appears in seven lists for the Baftas, the equivalent of the Césars in the United Kingdom. It’s a lot of talk on social networks, even Barack Obama, who included it in his favorite films of 2023. “The best Christmas present” , reacted Justine Triet.
But there. The most celebrated French film in the world was rejected, on September 21, by a commission of professionals responsible for selecting the feature film which will represent France at the Oscars, in the “international film” (foreign) category. She preferred, by four votes to three, The Passion of Dodin Bouffant , by Tran Anh Hung, about the love affairs, at the beginning of the 20th century, between a gastronome (Benoît Magimel) and his cook (Juliette Binoche); released on November 8, it was a flop.
This choice aroused incomprehension but also suspicion: was Triet dismissed because of her anti-Macron speech? If the filmmaker refrained from going into this area, the doubt was distilled by others, amounting to smearing members of the commission. The climate was so detestable that Marc Missonnier, president of the Union of Cinema Producers, but also linked to the producer of Dodin Bouffant , intervened on the social network (formerly Twitter): “I am stunned to read delusional comments and conspiracists. »
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