While Juan Antonio Bayona celebrated that The Snow Society had been chosen to represent Spain at the Oscars in mid-September, France made an unexpected decision: to dispense with Anatomy of a Fall . The judicial drama that made its director, Justine Triet, the third woman to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Its victory at the prestigious festival suggested that it would be chosen to compete for its country in the Best International Film category. But not. Instead they opted for the culinary film Slow Fire , starring Juliette Binoche.
Its selection was shocking not so much because of the quality of this correct film that tells a love story in the kitchen set in 1885, but because it was placed before a feature film that, by autumn, already had the support of critics and audiences called to have everything at their disposal. favor in the race for the coveted statuettes. And not only because of its options in the aforementioned category. Its protagonist, the German Sandra Hüller – who also leads The Zone of Interest , nominated by the United Kingdom –, started as a favorite to sneak into the fight for the Oscar for Best Leading Actress.