By Jalalle Essalhi & Sandrine Neveux
This year, of the 92 films submitted by candidate countries for the Best International Film Oscar – and in addition to The Taste of Things, which represents France – 25 are French productions or co-productions, of which five are majority-French co-productions.
The presence of 25 French-produced or co-produced films, including five with a majority share, close the all-time record set in 2017 of 27 French co-productions, bears witness to the excellent vitality of the country’s international production companies, which are very involved in co-productions, some of which benefit from the CNC‘s Aide aux Cinémas du Monde fund dedicated to international co-productions.
The films competing for the statuette will be chosen in successive stages, with a first short-list (fifteen films) announced on December 21. The finalists will be announced on January 23. The award ceremony will take place on March 10.
All the French (co)-production films in the running for the 2024 Oscar for Best International Film:
The Taste of Things, the film chosen to represent France, has not been mentioned de facto.
French production companies are listed for each film, as well as international sales companies when French. Majority-French films are shown in bold.
Other French films are campaigning for the Oscars, including Palme d’Or winner, Justin Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall, which just won Best International Feature and Best Screenplay at the Gotham Awards 2023, in the run for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay; and Villa Albertine resident, Kaouther Ben Hania’s Four Daughters, in the run for Best Documentary Film Documentary and Best International Feature; and Frederick Wiseman’s Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros for Best Documentary.
Founded in 1949 and strengthened thanks to its merger with TV France International in 2021, UniFrance is the organisation responsible for promoting French cinema and TV content worldwide.
Located in Paris, UniFrance employs around 50 staff members, as well as representatives based in the U.S., in China, and soon in Japan. The organisation currently brings together more than 1,000 French cinema and TV content professionals (producers, filmmaking talents, agents, sales companies, etc.) working together to promote French films and TV programmes among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.