On Monday, the Danish Oscar Committee announced a shortlist of three films to be considered for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards: A Fortunate Man by Bille August, The Guilty by Gustav Möller, and Winter Brothers by Hlynur Pálmason.
The committee will convene to decide Denmark’s Oscar entry on 20th September, then The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its final five nominees on 22nd January, and the Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 24th February 2019.
A Fortunate Man | Lykke-Per by Bille August
Based on the nineteenth century novel by Henrik Pontoppidan, Per sails away from rural Jutland to Copenhagen to become an engineer and realise his dream of a modern energy project based on wind and wave energy. Bille August won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1989 with Pelle the Conqueror.
The Guilty | Den skyldige by Gustav Möller
Inspired by real events and sold to more than 90 countries, The Guilty finds a police officer expecting a sleepy shift as an emergency dispatcher when he answers a call from a kidnapped woman. Confined to the police station, he is forced to use others as his eyes and ears to find her as his personal demons conspire against him.
Winter Brothers | Vinterbrødre by Hlynur Pálmason
Winner of nine Robert Awards and Best Film at the Bodil Awards, Winter Brothers follows two brothers as they work in a limestone factory through a harsh winter, during which they are swept into a violent feud that erupts between them and another family.