Up and coming French talents win an Oscar for their short
Mr Hublot, a joint French-Luxembourger
production, took the prize for Best
Animated Short Film. This little fiction
inspired by the characters designed by sculptor
Stéphane Halleux tells the story of Mr Hublot a
withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD,
scared of change and the outside world. The
arrival of a robot dog turns his life upside
down… Directed by French Laurent Witz
and Luxembourger Alexandre Espigares
the film is produced by Watt Frame (based
in Lorraine) and Zeilt Productions (based
in Luxembourg). This film is the result of
creative work encouraged by the Lorraine
Region that supported it with 30,000
The Best Foreign Language Film was
attributed to La Grande Bellezza (The Great
Beauty) directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy), a movie co-produced with France
(Italy: Indigo Films, France: Babe Films, Pathé
More than 20 French films have been selected at the 64th edition of the Berlin film festival! Let's focus on some of those titles...
In Competition: Life of Riley by A. Resnais, shot in
studios in Ile-de-France, supported by
CNC Aloft by C. Llosa, (Spain,
Canada, France), supported by the World
Cinema Support (CNC) Bling Massage by Lou Ye (China,
France), supported by the World Cinema
Support (CNC) Beauty & the Beast by C.
Gans, supported by the French-German mini-
Berlinale Special:Diplomacy by V. Schlöndorff,
supported by Paris Film, the
Region Ile-de-France, the French-German mini-
traité (CNC) In the Courtyard by P. Salvadori,
help logistically by Paris Film
Panorama:Yves Saint Laurent by J. Lespert,
supported by Paris Film and
If you don't, I will by S. Filières,
supported by the Region Rhône-Alpes and CNC
Brides by T. Kajrishvili (Georgia,
France), supported by the World Cinema
In Forum, 2 French
Documentaries Scrap Yard by N.
Trebal as well as Iranian by M.
Tamadon and one feature The Kidnapping
of Michel Houellebecq will be shown.
Generation Kplus:Aunt Hilda! by JR. Girerd & B. Chieux
produced by Folimage in Drôme and supported
by Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and CNC
Wolfy, the Incredible Secret by G.
Solotareff & E. Omond, produced by Image
Magelis pole, supported by the Region Poitou
Charentes and Charentes department and CNC
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by
M. Malzieu & S. Berla, supported by
the Region Ile de France
South is nothing by F. Mollo
(Italy France), supported by the World Cinema
Berlinale Shorts:As long as shotguns remain by C
Poggi & J Vinel, shot in Midi Pyrénées.
Here's why we are all delighted and excited about this year's Oscars:
Best Short Film:Avant de tout
Perdre (Before losing
everything), by Xavier Legrand &
Alexandre Gavras, supported by the Region
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Missing Picture directed by Rithy
Pahn (the first ever Cambodian Oscar entry)
and La Grande Bellezza directed by
Paolo Sorrentino (Italy), are two feature films
co-produced with France. Best Cinematography: Philippe Le
Sourd for The Grandmaster (This film
has benefited from the Tax Rebate for
International Production - TRIP on the visual
effects made by BUF) and Bruno Delbonnel for
Inside Llewyn Davis.
Best Music Original Score: the
6th time nominated composer Alexandre
Desplat for Philomena.
Best Writing Adapted
Screenplay: Before Midnight,
screenplay by Julie Delpy.
Last but not least.... French animation
talents and films also at Oscars 2014:
Ernest & Celestine by Benjamin
Renner, Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar, is
nominated for Best Animated Feature
Film. It received the support of Region
Ile-de-France and Pôle Image Magelis of
Department Charente and Region Poitou-
Charentes. Sets, character designs and special
effects were assembled in the studio Blue
Spirit, based in Angoulême.
Last year's world's animation biggest
success Despicable Me 2 directed by
Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin & produced by
Universal / Illumination is nominated for
Best Animated Feature Film and Best
Original Song with "Happy" of Pharrell
Williams. This feature was developed in France
in the Paris studios MacGuff Line. It benefited
from the Tax Rebate for International
Mr Hublot short fiction, written
and directed by Laurent Witz is nominated for
Best Animated Short Film. It received
the support of the Region Lorraine.
The 86th ceremony will take place in Los
Angeles on March 2nd, 2014.