Three Nordic films advance in the Oscars race

Earlier this week we got the list of films nominated for the Golden Globes, which unfortunately had no Nordic films nominated, but luckily the Oscars has made up for it with a total of three Nordic films shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The films are:

Land of Mine (Denmark)


The King’s Choice (Norway)


A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

While 3/5 Nordic countries being represented is rather exciting, it’s a shame Finland’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki missed out, as well as Iceland’s Sparrows, though both have been incredibly popular at international film festivals. If Heartstone was Iceland’s choice, we believe it definitely would’ve made the short list.

The list will be cut to five nominees by specially invited committees during Jan. 13-15, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on Jan. 24. The ceremonies will be held on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Here are all the international films nominated in the category:

Australia, “Tanna” — directors Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” — director Xavier Dolan
Denmark, “Land of Mine” — director Martin Zandvliet
Germany, “Toni Erdmann” — director Maren Ade
Iran, “The Salesman” — director Asghar Farhadi
Norway, “The King’s Choice” — director Erik Poppe
Russia, “Paradise” — director Andrei Konchalovsky
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” — director Hannes Holm
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini” — director Claude Barras

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.