The Norwegian film candidates for the Oscars

The Norwegian Film Institute has announced the three films that are the contenders for Norway’s Oscars 2016 nomination. The three films beat twenty one, and other previous winners include Kon-Tiki (2013), Sondagsengler (1996) and Elling (2001). The three films that are candidates for the 2016 nomination are The Wave, Homesick and Returning Home

The three films were chosen by a Norwegian Oscar committee consisting of eight representatives from the Norwegian film industry and the Norwegian Film Institute. The final candidate will be announced on Wednesday the 2nd of September.

Here’s some more info about the three films:

Returning Home

Written, directed and produced by Henrik Martin Dahl Bakken, Returning Home revolves around two brothers who must go up a mountain to look for their father, a recently returned soldier from Afghanistan who has now vanished in the Norwegian wilderness. This is Dahl Bakken’s debut and the film was recently shown at the Nordic market sales during NIFF. The film had its Norwegian premiere on the 27th of Feburary.

We think the film looks ridiculously beautiful, and you can view the trailer here:

The Wave

Directed by Roar Uthaug

The Wave is the first disaster movie from Scandinavia, and has been pegged as being the film to break the Norwegian box office and do seriously well overseas (the film has already been selected for TIFF), In The Wave, Kristian Eikjord suddenly finds himself in his worst nightmare – the landslide geologists have feared is in fact a gigantic tidal wave heading for Geiranger. It then becomes a deadly race against time before the wave hits. The Wave recently opened NIFF and we are excited to get a review online very soon.


Director: Anne Sewitsky

In this family drama, Charlotte has a complicated relationship with her mother and lives out the need for closeness with everyone but her own family. When she meets her half brother for the first time, it becomes a groundbreaking meeting between two siblings who do not know what a normal family is.

Homesick premiered at Sundance and then proceeded to Gothenburg and is expected at Toronto next month. Homesick debuted in Norway in March.




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.