The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced that Maria Sødahl’s Hope (Håp) and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round (Druk) have advanced to the final shortlist of fifteen films from the ninety-three entries submitted in this year’s Oscar race for Best International Film.
Hope explores what happens when someone is given three months to live. Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) and Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård) share a home with each other and their children, but over the years they have grown apart. So when Anja is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer the day before Christmas, their neglected love is exposed as their lives break down.
Another Round follows four high school teachers (Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe) who test a theory that they would work and live better by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. Their initial results are positive with classes and results improving, but as they continue the experiment the results become more extreme.
Also shortlisted are Quo Vadis, Aida (Bosnia and Herzegovina), The Mole Agent (Chile), Charlatan (Czech Republic), Two Of Us (France), La Llorona (Guatemala), Better Days (Hong Kong), Sun Children (Iran), Night Of The Kings (Ivory Coast), I’m No Longer Here (Mexico), Collective (Romania), Dear Comrades! (Russia), A Sun (Taiwan), and The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia).
The final five nominees for Best International Film will be revealed on 15th March 2021 and the winner will be announced at the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday 25th April 2021, broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.