‘Mustang’ Among Strongest Contenders for France’s Lumieres Awards

Mustang"Mustang," France’s 2015 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is also racking up nominations across the Atlantic. 

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s directorial debut received the second highest number of nominations for this year’s Lumieres Awards, including ones for best film, female newcomer, script and first film. The Lumieres are France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

Written by Ergüven and Alice Winocour, "Mustang" centers on a quintet of orphaned sisters in a remote Turkish village whose lives are catastrophically transformed by their religious and repressive grandmother.

Catherine Corsini’s rural lesbian romance "Summertime" was the only other female-helmed movie to be nominated for best film. 

Neither Ergüven nor Corsini received a best director nod. The only female filmmaker to do so was Maiwenn for “Mon Roi.”

The 2016 Lumieres Awards will take place on February 8.

READ MORE: ‘Mustang’ Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven on Creating a Sisterhood, Representing France at the Oscars

[via Variety]