The Swedish Oscar Committee has announced a shortlist of three films to be considered for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards: Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, The Emigrants by Erik Poppe and Tigers by Ronnie Sandahl. The final submission will be announced on 21st October.
Chairman of the Swedish Oscar Committee, Petter Mattsson, said: “What I love about this year’s three selected films is that they depict such strong personal journeys. They are authentic, feature strong and engaging performances and show a fine combination of craftsmanship and personality, where the form reinforces what the films and characters tell. They also show in a very concrete way that our world is connected, that people’s lives and the choices we face are universal.”
The 94th 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 27th March 2022. A shortlist of fifteen films will be announced by the Academy on 21st December 2021 and the final five nominees will be revealed on 8th February 2022.
Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Starring: Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza
In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life.
The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)
Directed by Erik Poppe
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Sofia Helin, Tove Lo
The Emigrants is the story of Kristina Nilsson, a mother who leaves a poverty-stricken Sweden with her family in the 1850s and sets out on a long, dangerous journey, hoping to find a better life for herself and her children in America. Based on Vilhelm Moberg’s novels, the story is told on film for the first time from Kristina’s perspective.
Directed by Ronnie Sandahl
Starring: Alfred Enoch, Liv Mjönes, Frida Gustavsson
The true story of how 16-year-old football prodigy Martin Bengtsson was sold to an Italian top club – a childhood dream turned nightmare. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.