The Danish Oscar Committee has revealed that The Promised Land (Bastarden) by Nikolaj Arcel will be Denmark’s contender for Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Academy Awards having beaten competition from Before It Ends by Anders Walter and Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob.
The Promised Land is set in 1755 where impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal: to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he’ll receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, arrogantly believes this land belongs to him.
Jacob Neiiendam, Chair of the Danish Oscar Committee, said: “The past few weeks have made it very clear that The Promised Land is the strongest Danish candidate to secure a Oscar nomination. It received a fantastic reception from both critics and award experts at its world premiere in Venice as well as at Telluride and Toronto.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its shortlist for the 2024 Oscars on 21st December with its final selection of five films to be presented on 23rd January. The winner will be announced at the 96th Academy Awards on 10th March 2024 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.