French movie Les Choristes aims for Oscars

17th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 16 (AFP) - A movie about a group of reform schoolboys having their lives in post-war France changed by a choir-master, "Les Choristes", is to take a shot at an Oscar in next February's US Academy Awards, officials said Thursday.

PARIS, Sept 16 (AFP) - A movie about a group of reform schoolboys having their lives in post-war France changed by a choir-master, "Les Choristes", is to take a shot at an Oscar in next February's US Academy Awards, officials said Thursday.  

The French film, directed by Christophe Baratier, 40, was chosen by the National Centre for Cinematography (CNC) for submission to the prestigious awards, the state-funded body said.  

The movie has proved a major box-office success in its home country, selling more tickets than even the latest Harry Potter production, and its soundtrack has become a chart-topper.  

"We're overjoyed, we can't stop smiling," Baratier told AFP.  

"To think about the Oscars and Hollywood, even if we're somewhat French to the bone, it's like a dream!" he said, before cautioning that the US Academy had yet to approve the submission.  

Starring one of France's most popular actors Gerard Jugnot as a humble music teacher who uses singing to redeem the lost souls at the Fond de l'Etang school, "Les Choristes" is in fact a re-make of a little-known 1945 film called "La Cage aux Rossignols" or A Cage of Nightingales.  

Its producers, who have already sold it to some 40 countries, hope the nostalgic tale - made for a relatively measly EUR 5.5 million (USD 6.7 million) - will be as big a hit as the feel-good blockbuster "Amelie".  

The film is to be released in the United States and Britain in January, just before the US Academy formally announces the nominated films for the February 27 Oscar ceremony.

 

© AFP

 

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