After the announcements over the last week that Denmark and Norway have selected their shortlist for the Academy Awards foreign category, Sweden and Finland have announced their nominees (without the need for a shortlist).
Sweden’s choice is the widely successful A Man Called Ove. Directed by Hannes Holm and based on the popular novel by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove was watched by nearly 1.8 million people in Sweden and has sold to over fifty territories. The film won three Guldbagge awards earlier this year and has the chance to win the People’s Choice Award at the European Film Awards in December.
Finland will be sending The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki to the Academy Awards. Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it won the Un Certain Regard section’s top prize. The film is now heading to the Toronto Film Festival as part of the Discovery section.
The latter film definitely has a chance of heading to the Oscars – and it will be exciting to see Finland shortlisted for the Academy Award. We won’t know the final nominees for some months, though.