Nordic films nominated at the European Film Awards

Over the weekend the European Film Awards announced their nominees for the 2016 edition, with Nordic films and talent being recognised as part of the nominees.

Sweden’s A Man Called Ove was nominated for the European Comedy award. Based on the book by Fredrik Backman, which has been published in more than 30 countries, tells the story of a grumpy old man who has given up on everyone including himself. But his life and negative approach is put to the test when a new family moves in next door.

A Man Called Ove has had over 1.7 admissions in Sweden, making it the 5th bestselling local film. It also won three Gulbagge Awards and was selected as Sweden’s official Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. The film premiered in the U.S. in September and is now the top foreign language arthouse film of the year.

It is no surprise then that Rolf Lassgård is nominated for his role of Ove at the European Film Awards in the category European Actor. You can read an interview we did with Lassgård here.

Trine Dyrholm has been nominated for the European Actress award for her role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune. Earlier this year Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for the same role. You can read an interview with Dyrholm about her role in The Commune here.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki has been nominated for the European Discovery award. Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the film follows Olli Mäki as he sets out to become the first Finn to be the world champion in featherweight boxing. His manager Elis Ask – a former boxer himself – has prepared everything for them to reach fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But he has a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija. Read our interview with Kuosmanen here.

Two Nordic shorts are nominated for European Short Film. The first is Small Talk, a Norwegian short directed by Even Hafnor & Lisa Brooke Hansen. The short follows the Dvergsnes family from Kristiansand, Norway, through three events that took place during the fall and winter for 2014. The next short film is Amalimbo from Sweden and directed by Juan Pablo Libossart. It tells the story of Tipuana, a five-year-old girl who experiences limbo when she tries to pass to ‘the other side’ in her desperate urge to meet again with her recently deceased father.





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.