EXCLUSIVE: France announced earlier today that it had selected Deniz Gamze Erguven’s debut feature, Mustang as its official entry to the 88th Annual Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film contest.
It made the cut over stiff competition, including Palme d’Or winner Dheepan and crowd favorite Marguerite, which just made waves at Venice and Telluride. Hot off the heels of its Special Presentation showing at last week’s Toronto International Film Festival, Mustang, which debuted in the Directors Fortnight section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (where it won the Europa Cinemas Prize), tells the story of five teenaged sisters in Northern Turkey whose summer at the beach with their male classmates turns into a scandal with unintended consequences. Despite all of that their true sisterly bond helps them as they find new ways of rebelling and chasing freedom. The movie also features an original score by Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
The film, produced by Charles Gillibert and co-written by Erguven and Alice Winocour, will open in L.A. and NY on November 20th. It is being released in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group. Click the link above to see the premiere of the new trailer.