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'Two of Us' is the French candidate for the 2021 Oscars

Image: Two of Us by Filippo Meneghetti 

On Thursday, November 19, Two of Us was selected as the official French candidate for the Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Oscars.

This debut feature by Filippo Meneghetti, majority coproduced for France by Paprika Films, recounts the complex love story between two older women, played by Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa. The film received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019, and has been released in a dozen territories. Sold by The Party Film Sales and distributed by Magnolia Pictures, it will be released on February 5, 2021 in the United States.

Four other feature films were pre-selected at the beginning of the week by a new commision of professionals: DNA, Summer of 85, Gagarine, and Cuties.

This new commission, with equal female and male representation, in charge of selecting the French contender was this year composed of:

  • Filmmakers Mati Diop and Olivier Nakache,
  • Producers Marc du Pontavice and Anne-Dominique Toussaint,
  • Exporters Carole Baraton and Juliette Schrameck,
  • Along with ex officio members Thierry Frémaux (Festival de Cannes) and Serge Toubiana (UniFrance), as well as Véronique Cayla and Éric Toledano (Académie des César).

A few weeks before the Oscars ceremony (which, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been postponed until April 25), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce the definitive list of films in competition for the Best International Feature Film.