Ava DuVernay's Selma is a curious case: a film anticipated with equal fervour by both mainstream and arthouse audiences. And from a black female director. The up-and-comer's account of the civil rights movement in America, starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, is scheduled for a U.S. release on Christmas Day, a ballsy move by Paramount, positioning the film as a major awards contender. It will open against another potential Oscar contender directed by a woman, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. That, provided that the film will be ready - that release is only six months away, and the film is still under production.