13 September 2023
TF1 Studio and Newen Connect are proud to announce the French preselection of “ON THE WANDERING PATHS” for Best International Film Category at the Oscars 2023

TF1 Studio and Newen Connect, companies of the Newen Studios group, are proud to announce the French preselection of the film ON THE WANDERING PATHS for the Best International Film category at the 2023 Oscars.

Directed by Denis Imbert, ON THE WANDERING PATHS is produced by Clément Miserez and Mathieu Warter for Radar Films and Jean Dujardin for JD Prod. The film is co-produced and co-distributed by TF1 Studio and Apollo Films, with international distribution handled by Newen Connect.

Based on Sylvain Tesson’s book, ON THE WANDERING PATHS tells the story of Pierre, a celebrated writer with a penchant for extreme experiences and solo treks. He has always done everything on his terms, when it suited him and with whom he chose, but anytime constraints threatened his freedom, he did what he does best: run away. One drunken evening, he climbs the facade of a building and falls several stories. The accident leaves him deep in a coma. When he emerges from it, Pierre is barely able to stand. And against everyone’s advice, he decides to hike all alone across France, from Provence to Mont Saint Michel, along forgotten trails through some of France’s roughest and most inhospitable and beautiful regions. Based on real events, this escape from the frantic world, is a story of fortitude, healing, resilience, and reconnection to nature and deep self.

Nathalie Toulza-Madar – CEO of TF1 Studio: We are very proud to have co-produced and supported this magnificent film for over 10 weeks of theatrical release with our partner Apollo Films. We are immensely grateful to Clément Miserez, Mathieu Warter, Denis Imbert, and Jean Dujardin for this adventure that brought together over a million viewers in France, making it the 8th highest-grossing French film release in 2023.

Alice Damiani, SVP, International Film Sales, Newen Connect: Newen Connect is thrilled to see ‘SUR LES CHEMINS NOIRS’ in the French shortlist for the Best International Film category at the Oscars. It’s a testament to a great success in France and also internationally, where our distribution partners have supported us in securing theatrical releases in 25 territories worldwide.