The Danish film Land of Mine has been selected as Denmark’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film was unanimously voted for by the Danish committee, and beat out Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune and Lisa Ohlin’s Walk With Me.
Claus Ladegaard, Head of Film Support at the Danish Film Institute and acting chairman of the Danish Oscar committee, motivates the selection:
“All three films demonstrate a high level of quality in Danish cinema, while also shining a light on different corners of Danish history and culture that we want to learn more about. It has been an exciting task for the committee to assess and decide which of the three films would have the greatest potential to attract the attention of the Academy members.
“Martin Zandvliet’s ‘Land of Mine’ tells a different story of WWII, based on real events in a beautifully filmed and gripping tale that at times leaves the audience hanging at the edge of their seats. Since its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year, the film has been travelling the world, screening at the big festivals and receiving numerous awards, and it has built a fan base among film professionals who have excitedly been talking about it.
“‘Land of Mine’ is a film that continues a longstanding tradition of Danish Oscar entries – films with stories of high cultural value, which also testify to the quality of Danish cinema.”
Here are all the previous choices for the award:
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
2008 The Art of Crying / Peter Schønau Fog
2007 After the Wedding / Susanne Bier / Oscar nomination