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Denmark announces its shortlist for the 2019 Academy Awards

The Danish Oscar Committee has announced the three films that have made the shortlist for Denmark’s selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The three films are Bille August’s A Fortunate Man, Gustav Moller’s The Guilty and Hlynur Palmason’s Winter Brothers. Interestingly, the latter two were funded by the Danish Film Institute’s new talent programme called New Danish Screen.

A Fortunate Man is based on the 19th century novel by Henrik Pontoppidan about a clergyman’s son who seeks happiness in the modern industrialised world. A Fortunate Man will be released as both a mini-series and a film, with the domestic release set for the 30th of August.

The Guilty is set entirely within one location – an emergency call centre. The film follows a policeman’s race against time to save a kidnapped woman, with the phone his only tool. The film won the Audience Award at its world premiere at Sundance. 

Winter Brothers is an art film about two brothers in conflict with themselves, each other, and their coworkers at a desolate limestone factory. The film has been chosen as Denmark’s nominee for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.

The nominee will be announced on the 20th of September. Honestly, it will be surprising if a film other than A Fortunate Man is selected, especially considering director Bille August won an Academy Award in the 1980s for Pelle the Conqueror

The Academy Awards announce the five nominations for Best Foreign Language Film on the 22nd of January. The winner will be announced on the 24th of February. 

Below is an overview of the last ten years of Danish Oscar entries in the Foreign Language category (by awards ceremony year)

2018 You Disappear / Peter Schønau Fog
2017 Land of Mine / Martin Zandvliet / Oscar nomination
2016 A War / Tobias Lindholm / Oscar nomination
2015 Sorrow and Joy / Nils Malmros
2014 The Hunt / Thomas Vinterberg / Oscar nomination
2013 A Royal Affair / Nikolaj Arcel / Oscar nomination
2012 Superclásico / Ole Christian Madsen / Oscar shortlist
2011 In a Better World / Susanne Bier / Oscar winner
2010 Terribly Happy / Henrik Ruben Genz
2009 Worlds Apart / Niels Arden Oplev

You can view a full list of Denmark at the Oscars here. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.