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The Danish films on the Oscar shortlist

The Danish films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film category have been announced!

The three films selected are:

Darkland

Directed by Fenar Ahmad

Starring Dar Salim, Stine Fischer Christensen, Ali Sivandi

A successful doctor who loses his little brother in a gang-related assault gives up his privileged life to become a masked warrior and avenge his brother’s death.

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You Disappear

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog

Starring Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Michael Nyqvist

Mia is married to the successful headmaster Frederik, who is caught embezzling from his own school. But did he do this of his own free will – or has his personality been altered by the tumour lurking in his brain? Mia is desperate to uncover what kind of man she is actually married to. If the happiest three years of Mia’s life with Frederik were while he had a tumour in his brain, who was she married to before?

Word of God

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz

Starring Søren Malling, Marie Askehave, Maria Erwolter

WORD OF GOD is the screen version of Jens Blendstrup’s best-selling autobiography of the same name published in 2004 – a wry, funny and touching film by award-winning director Henrik Ruben Genz, and starring Søren Malling in his defining role as Uffe/God. It is the 1980s – Jens and his brothers live in a single-family house in Risskov, a suburb of Aarhus, Denmark. Here, the family’s patriarch psychologist and self-appointed God – Uffe – rules the roost in his dressing gown and underwear. Changes threaten the peace when Uffe decides to write his memoirs. The family home is suddenly filled to the rafters with Uffe’s loyal patients, who both provide Uffe with moral support – and drunken companionship. As insurrection smoulders on the part of his three sons, maternal Gerd Lillian does all she can to keep the family together. But for Jens, Thomas and Mikkel to break free of their father’s tyrannical rule and grow up will require a final, inevitable showdown with ‘God’.

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.