The Academy Awards (Oscars) have been announced, with both Sweden and Denmark represented in the foreign film category.
Sweden’s film nominated is A Man Called Ove, which has been winning awards around the globe. The film follows Ove (Rolf Lassgård), an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave. He has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours. Last year A Man Called Ove won awards at the Guldbagge Awards, including Best Film. Sweden has had fifteen nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category and has left with the prize four times, the most recent being the Danish-Swedish film Pelle the Conqueror.
Denmark’s film nominated is Land of Mine, which similarly has been a festival favourite around the world. Land of Mine is a story of the aftermath of World War II about a group of German soldiers led by their Danish sergeant on a forced mission to disarm landmines from Danish beaches. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015.
Nordic talents have been recognised in other categories. Love Larson and Eva von Bahr were nominated in the category Best Makeup and Hairstyling for A Man Called Ove. Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren was nominated for his work on La La Land, and ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from Trolls is nominated in the category Best Original Song. the song is written and produced by Max Martin (Martin Karl Sandberg).
The Danish short film Silent Nights by Aske Bang has been nominated for Best Live-Action Short. The short tells the story of Inger, who volunteers at a shelter where she falls in love with Kwame, an illegal immigrant. They find comfort in one another, but what Kwame isn’t telling Inger is that he has a wife and kids in Ghana. Bang is also an actor and has just had a leading role in Rasmus Heisterberg’s In the Blood.
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