Denmark, Norway and Sweden have all been shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Denmark is represented by Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under sandet). Following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, 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.
Norway’s entry is Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice (Kongens nei) which tells the story of three fateful days in April 1940, when German soldiers arrived in the city of Oslo and gave the King of Norway the choice to surrender or die.
Sweden completes the Nordic line-up with Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove). 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.
The final nominations for Best Foreign Language Film will be announced on January 24th. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on 26th February 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood