The French-produced drama “Mustang” was nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar on Thursday, while pioneer-era thriller “The Revenant” led the overall race with 12 nominations.
“Mustang” – directed by Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven– is set in a remote Turkish village (Inebolu, Kastamonu) and tells the story of five young sisters whose basic freedoms are seized from them after they are caught up in scandal for innocently playing with a group of boys on their way home from school. (The event that causes the family backlash against the five sisters at the beginning of the film is based on Ergüven’s personal life.)
The film, which was screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will be competing for the Oscar alongside Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent”, Hungary’s “Son of Saul”, Jordan’s “Theeb” and Denmark’s “A War”.
Leading the Oscar race this year is Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” which received a total of 12 nominations, including ones for Best Picture, Actor and Director. Also leading the nominations was action film “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10, followed by “The Martian” with 7. Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” received 6 nominations, including for best picture, and lesbian drama “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett received 6 nominations, including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
“Spotlight,” a film about journalists from The Boston Globe who uncovered sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, also received 6 nominations including Best Picture and Director. “The Big Short,” about the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” each got 5 nominations.
The Oscars will be handed out on February 28th at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.