Donzelli’s ‘War’ to rep France at Oscars

Sundance Selects to release pic in U.S.

PARIS — Valerie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War” has been selected to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar race.

The Euros 1.3 million ($1.7 million) dramedy bowed in Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Produced by Rectangle Prods., “War” opened two weeks ago in France and has already grossed nearly $3.3 million at the box office.

Pic, which is repped by Wild Bunch in international markets, has sold to more than 30 territories. Sundance Selects took U.S. rights to the film right after Cannes.

War” follows a young couple who struggle to save their baby boy from a brain tumor.

It is based on Donzelli’s own experience. She co-wrote and co-starred with Jeremie Elkaim, who is the father of her two children.

The selection committee included Cannes Film Festival topper Thierry Fremaux, Alain Terzian, prexy of the Cesar Academy, French thesp Jeanne Moreau, and French helmers Bertrand Blier, Luc Jacquet and Philippe Pollet-Villard, and CNC exec Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens.

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