Jean-Paul Rappeneau's BonVoyage will be France's entry intothe Oscar race this year. The National Cinema Center announced Wednesday theselection of Rappeneau's film as its choice for a potential nomination by theAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The film, produced by ARPSelection's Laurent and Michele Petin was released in France under Luc Besson'sEuropa Corp. banner and had been hotly tipped to be France's selection. Setduring World War Two the drama stars Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu,Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal and Gregori Derangere and was a modest hit inFrance when it was released last spring. Sony Pictures Classics has domestic rights.
The selection committeincluded Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux and newly-installtedUnifrance president Margaret Menegoz.
Last year's entry, FrancoisOzon's 8 Women failed to score anominiation, although the previous year's Amelie from Jean-Pierre Jeunet did make the final five.