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‘Happening,’ Titane, Bac Nord Shortlisted by France’s Oscar Committee

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Audrey Diwan’s Venice winner and timely abortion drama “Happening,” Julia Ducournau’s Cannes’ Palme d’Or-winning horror film “Titane,” and Cedric Jimenez’s cop thriller “Bac Nord” have been shortlisted by France’s Oscar committee. The French Oscar candidate is expected to be selected next Tuesday.

Each U.S. distributor — IFC Films/Film Nation for “Happening,” Neon for “Titane” and Netflix for “Bac Nord” — will be on the ground in Paris on Tuesday to make a case for their respective title before the French committee, along with the films’ producers and sales agents.

This year’s French Oscar committee includes Julie Delpy; Florian Zeller, the Oscar-winning writer and director of “The Father;” producers Iris Knobloch and Alain Goldman, whose credits include the Oscar-winning film “La vie en Rose;” Emilie Georges, the Oscar-winning producer of “Call Me by Your Name” and founder of Memento International; and Grégory Chambet, co-founder of the sales company WTFilms. The committee also has three permanent members: Thierry Frémaux, Cannes Film Festival’s director; Serge Toubiana, UniFrance’s president; and Elisabeth Tanner, talent agent and representative of the Cesar Academy.

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