Director Amanda Kernell’s (Sami Blood) second feature, Charter, has been selected as Sweden’s submission for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in April.
Charter follows Alice (Ane Dahl Torp) who hasn’t seen her two children in months. After a recent and difficult divorce, her ex-husband Mattias (Sverrir Gudnason) keeps them from seeing her, awaiting the final custody verdict in Northern Sweden. So when her son calls her in the middle of the night weeping helplessly, Alice takes action.
She travels on the night train and, in a last desperate attempt to win them over, abducts the children and takes them on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands. If Alice can reconnect with her children it might change the outcome of the custody case. But before she knows it, she is wanted for kidnapping…
Chairman of the Oscar Committee, Steffen Andersen-Møller, said: “The jury has chosen to nominate Amanda Kernell’s very personal and moving film. A slow-burning and well-played family drama that is one of this year’s most challenging films. That this is just Amanda Kernell’s second feature bodes well for the future – we are dealing with a very confident director, who can be ranked among the most promising European filmmakers.”
The 93rd Academy Awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a gala ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday 25th April 2021.