Parlez-vous français? If you’re a fan of the Foreign Language Oscar category, a mastery of the French language certainly wouldn’t hurt. Throughout the history of the award, Francophone cinema has been a dominant force, accounting for the majority of wins. With the likes of Maurice Cloche and René Clément claiming statues during the initial years of the prize (when it was just a special/honorary award), to Michael Haneke’s 2012 winner "Amour", French-language films have left an indelible mark on world cinema. And this year’s small but exciting crop of Francophone submissions reflects that global reach, including films from 3 separate continents representing an impressively diverse array of filmmakers and themes. Interestingly, the French submission was actually filmed in Turkish, showing how the definition of "French" cinema is constantly expanding.
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