Nordic films nominated for the European Film Awards

The list of feature fiction films for the 29th European Film Awards have been announced by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions.

Overall, seven Nordic films received a nomination for the European Film Awards, totalling a healthy 14% of all fifty nominees.

The winner will be announced on the 10th of December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016. A total of 33 European countries are included in the list of nominees.


Here are the Nordic films nominated:

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

Directed by Hannes Holm, Starring Rolf Lassgård

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours.

A War (Denmark)

Directed by Tobias Lindholm, Starring Pilou Asbæk

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home.

Land of Mine (Denmark)

Directed by Martin Zandvliet, Starring Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Roland Møller

Pyromaniac (Norway)

Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, Starring Per Frisch, Agnes Kittelsen, Trond Nilssen

A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don’t know he’s no stranger, but one of them. We follow him. The son of the fire brigade chief’s own son, in secret spreading fear.

Sparrows (Iceland)

Directed by Runar Runarsson, Starring Atli Oskar Fjalarsson

Ari’s teenage lifestyle in the big city is disrupted as he is sent by his mother to live with his uninvolved father and his grandmother in a small fishing village.

The Commune (Denmark)

Directed by Tobias Lindholm, Starring Trine Dyrholm

A story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 70’s.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Finland)

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen 




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.

  1. Rita Harris says:

    I was interested in leaving a review for The Girl King but it would not go through.

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