The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Denmark’s Land Of Mine and Sweden’s A Man Called Ove have been formally nominated in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Oscars.
Denmark will be represented for the fifth time in seven years at the Oscars by Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under sandet). The film is set in the aftermath of Germany’s surrender in May 1945 when German prisoners of war were sent out to the West Coast of Denmark to remove more than two million mines from the sand with their bare hands.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s entry is Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) in which Ove is the block’s grumpy old man who rules over his neighbourhood with an iron fist. But when pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the house opposite an unexpected friendship develops.
A Man Called Ove is also nominated for Best Make-Up & Hairstyling, which is the second year in a row for Love Larson and Eva von Bahr. Last year they were nominated for The Hundred Year Old Man but lost out to Mad Max: Fury Road.
The 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 26th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 5.30pm PST. Also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film are Tanna (Australia), Toni Erdmann (Germany), and The Salesman (Iran).