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.
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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.