No Oscar nomination, but US and Swedish critics’ prizes for Östlund

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure [+], which missed out on the Oscar nominations for Best Foreign-language Film, received the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Broadcast Film Critics Association at the 20th awards gala held in the Hollywood Palladium last week (15 January).

Only the second Swedish movie to be named Best Foreign-language Feature by the critics (following Niels Arden Oplev’s Millennium 1: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [+] in 2011),Force Majeure was competing with Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida [+], Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night [+], Argentinian directorDamián Szifron’s Wild Tales [+], and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’sLeviathan [+].

Also last week (12 January), the Swedish Film Critics Association gave its Greta Award to Östlund’s family drama – his third, after Involuntary [+] (2008) and Play [+] (2011). “With a new film directed by him, we are used to expecting meticulous discomfort, enjoyable challenges and the need for a thorough discussion,” they said, adding that Force Majeure“undoubtedly has all these peculiarities”.

Produced by Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson and Philippe Bober for Sweden’sPlattform Produktion, Östlund’s fourth feature was launched in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, going on to win the Jury Prize. It has been nominated for 12 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film prize, the winners of which will be announced on 26 January.

While no Academy Awards are awaiting Swedish films, Swedish film technician Magnus Wrenninge will receive an Oscar for leading the design and development of the Field3D programme at the Academy’s special gala for scientific and technical achievements on 7 February – two weeks before the “real” event.

Wrenninge, who moved to California after his 2003 graduation from the Technical High School in Linköping, created the computer-graphics programme for Sony Pictures in 2009. The library storing large amounts of data makes it easier to create effects like fire and smoke in 3D animation.


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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.