The film “Deux” will represent France at Oscars 2021

It’s “Deux”, the drama by Filippo Meneghetti featuring the secret love story between two elderly women, who will be responsible for representing France in the race for the Oscar for best international film. A rather unexpected choice.

He was not the most prominent candidate on the list. Deux , the French-language film by Italian director Filippo Meneghetti, produced by Paprika Films, has been chosen by the selection committee of the CNC (Center National de la Cinématographie) to represent the tricolor chances for the next Oscars ceremony, which will be held in April 2021.

Deux tells the story of Nina and Madeleine, two elderly neighbors who are in love with each other. They go from apartment to apartment, without anyone suspecting the nature of their relationship. Until the day when a tragic event turns everything upside down. Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier are the interpreters of this drama, in the credits of which also appears Léa Drucker.

Hailed by critics, this film attracted less than 50,000 spectators in French theaters when it was released. The CNC selection committee preferred it to Eté 85 by François Ozon, which attracted more than 360,000 spectators this summer, to DNA from Maïwenn who made a nice start before confinement, to Gagarin by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, again new in theaters, and the controversial Mignonnes by Maïmouna Doucouré.

It is now for the Academy of the Oscars to decide if it will retain Deux in the final list of the 5 films candidates for the trophy of the best international film. Last year, the French candidate Les Misérables was there. But it was ultimately the South Korean Parasite who won the statuette.
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Source: Surprise, le film “Deux” représentera la France aux Oscars 2021 | LCI

French independent film hopes for Oscars glory

French film, Les Miserables, is nominated in Best International Feature Film category.

The 92nd Academy Awards are set to be held in Hollywood this weekend.

Among the favourites for Best Film Editing is South Korean thriller Parasite, and the first world war epic 1917. Parasite has also been nominated in the Best International Feature Film category where it will be up against, among others, Les Miserables, a French film about life in the poor suburbs of Paris made by an untrained filmmaker with a cast of mainly non-professional actors

Source: French independent film hopes for Oscars glory | France News | Al Jazeera

Chanson Du Jour: I Will Wait For You

By Michael Stevenson

stan_jimAt the annual New Years Day celebration at Providence’s Casa DeLillo, we were delighted to see our old friend Stan, who once again entertained the revelers with piano renditions of Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and Hoagy Carmichael’s standards. While Linda and I helped drain several bottles of Monsieur Jim’s French wine, we all shaaang along to Stan’s Tin Pan Alley tributes. Accompanied by Monsieur Jim playing his standup bass, Stan closed the evening this wonderful love song from the 1964 French film Umbrellas of Cherbourg. All of us recognized the Michel Legrand melody, but I noticed only our friend Anna who grew-up in Poland knew the words to the song, which she sang in English. Linda, Belkys and I (below, right to left) provided the applause.

belkys

More likely Anna learned the lyrics to “I Will Wait For You” from Euro-star Nana Mouskouri rather than Cher, both of whom recorded the song.

Mouskouri sang versions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, while Cher sang only in Cherenglish – presumably with an exposed tummy on the record jacket. Mouskouri usually wore a simple blouse along with her signature Buddy Holly frames, and unlike Cher, she could perform without always turning her vocal dial to “11.” Check out Nana’s version dueting with composer Legrand below.

As well as Mouskouri and Cher,  “I Will Wait For You” has been covered by iconic vocalists Frank Sinatra, Astrud Gilberto, Tony Bennett, and Vikki Carr,  as well as instrumental versions from jazz greats Oscar Peterson, Gil Evans, Donald Byrd, and Louis Armstrong.

I’ve discovered that lyrical translations from French to English are problematic at best, but you can get the general je ne sais quoi of this song from this English verse:

My love I will wait for you all my life
Stay close to me, come back I’m begging you
I need you and I want to live for you
Oh my love don’t leave me

A bit desperate, “non?” Makes Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” sound like Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know.”

American lyricist Norman Gimbel translated the lyrics, as he did with Toots Thielemans‘ jazz classic “Bluesette.” and Jobim’s bosso nova standard “The Girl from Ipanema.”

The film Umbrellas of Cherbourg (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”) was directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Foreign Language Film” and aslo “Best Song.”

Original Instrumental Soundtrack

Nana Mouskouri and Michel Legrand

Chanson Du Jour: La Valse D’ Amelie

Chanson Du Jour 10/20/2016 “La Valse D’ Amelie” by Yann Tiersen

This is one my favorites from the film Amelie. Composer/performer Yann Tiersen plays piano, accordion, violin as well as melodica, xylophone, toy piano, bicycle wheel and a typewriter in one of the greatest film soundtracks ever made. Tiersen won a 2001 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music for Amelie (should have won the Oscar.)