Two Nordic titles battle it out at the Critics Choice Awards

Two Nordic titles, Thelma and The Square, have been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Critics Choice Awards, which will take place next month. The Critics Choice Awards are always regarded as a sign for Academy Award winners.

Thelma is about a young university student who starts experiencing seizures and learns they are a symptom of her supernatural abilities. The film is directed by Joachim Trier, who is known for Oslo, 31 August and Louder Than Bombs and has premiered in theatres in the UK and US.

The Square already has a Palme d’Or under its belt, signaling possible success at further award ceremonies. The film is about the curator of a modern art museum who looks for the next big installation. The film is directed by acclaimed Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund, who is known for Force Majeure and Play.

Both films are their respective country’s Academy Award selections for Best Foreign Language Film.


The winners of the Critics Choice Awards will be announced in January 2018.

Watch the trailers for both films below:


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.