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Norway's Oscar Search Narrows

The land of the midnight sun has narrowed down its contenders for this year's Oscar race. The three films that will be competing for the honor (to be announced on September 7th) are...

  • The King’s Choice (Erik Poppe)
    A WW II drama about German soldiers invading Norway 
  • The Pyromaniac (Erik Skjoldbjærg)
    Dramatic thriller about a southern village terrorized - premiering at TIFF
  • Welcome to Norway (Rune Denstad Langlo)
    A comedy about a couple opening a home for refugees 

Poppe was submitted once before a dozen years back for Hawaii Oslo  and Oscar loves World War II but my guess is it's going to be Pyromaniac or Welcome to Norway. Skjoldbjaerg's history should help with the former since he had a finalist for submission with Pioneer a few years ago, though Norway opted for a lower profile submission, and he was also the co-writer of the internationally popular Norwegian hit Insomnia (1997) which was remade by Christopher Nolan in the Aughts. Welcome to Norway's topicality might help it take the honor, though. Both films won acting prizes at this week's Norwegian Oscars, "the Amandas" where last year's Oscar submission The Wave took the top prize of Best Norwegian Film.

Norway has been nominated five times (1957's Nine Lives, 1987's Pathfinder, 1996's Other Side of Sunday, 2001's Elling, and 2012's Kon-Tiki) but has yet to win the Oscar gold. 

THE AGE OF SHADOWS just announced as South Korea's choice, upsetting THE HANDMAIDENCurrent Foreign Oscar Predictions
10 Official Submissions Thus Far...

Chart 1 (Afghanistan - Finland)
Submissions from Australia, Croatia, and Cuba

Chart 2 (France through Morocco)
Submissions from Georgia & Germany

Chart 3 (Nepal through Vietnam)
Submissions from Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

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I love your foreign film coverage. How do you feel about this thing some countries do of choosing three titles and then one?

August 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy Sue -- i like it. It gives you a sense of the debates going on within film communities in home countries about their "best"

August 31, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Ooh, they made a film about Haakon VII's war leadership. I belong to the super-small percentage of North American filmgoers who is inherently interested in that.

August 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Nice Article.

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHappy new year eve

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November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHappy new year

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