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Here are the Nordic films selected for the European Film Awards

The list of films to be recommended for the European Film Awards has been announced, with a number of Nordic titles on the list.

The process starts with a ‘list of recommendations’, which will then be narrowed down into the categories. The official nominations will be announced on the 4th of November at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

Here are all the Nordic films shortlisted. To see all the films nominated, head to the European Films Awards website. 

Godless

Directed by Ralitza Petrova

Bulgaria/Denmark/France co-production

A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash, and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void, and a growing fear of punishment.

Heartstone

Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Iceland/Denmark co-production

A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

Sami Blood

Directed by Amanda Kernell

Sweden/Denmark/Norway co-production

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

The King’s Choice

Directed by Erik Poppe

Norway/Denmark/Sweden/Ireland co-production

On the 9th of April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.

The Other Side of Hope

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Finland/Germany co/production

A poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman befriend a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund

Sweden/France/Germany/Denmark co=production

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Finland/Germany/Sweden/Denmark co-production

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth-century gay culture.

You Disappear

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog

Denmark/Sweden co-production

Mia is married to the successful headmaster Frederik, who is caught embezzling from his own school. But did he do this of his own free will – or has his personality been altered by the tumour lurking in his brain? Mia is desperate to uncover what kind of man she is actually married to. If the happiest three years of Mia’s life with Frederik were while he had a tumour in his brain, who was she married to before?

 

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.