Oscar 2017: King’s Choice from Norway on Short List for Best Foreign Film

Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice is among the top candidates for the Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature, after the Oscar Committee announced its shortlist of nine films, selected from all-time record of 85 entries.

This year’s top Norwegian film on the charts, The King’s Choice has 705,726 admissions to date.

Another two Scandinavian films were shortlisted for the award: Danish director Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine and Swedish director Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove.

The other candidates are: Dean-Martin Butler’s Tanna (Australia), Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Germany), Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (Iran), Andrei Konchalovsky’s Paradise (Russia) and Claude Barras’ My Life As A Zucchini (Switzerland).

Scripted by Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, The King’s Choice is set during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Norway in 1940. On these few days in April, King Haakon VII was faced with the Germans’ demand for capitulation, a passive government and a Crown Prince ready for action – when “the real events turned a brave man into the people’s King.” He refused.

Starring Danish actor Jesper Christensen as King Haakon VII and Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen as Crown Prince Olav, with Tuva Novotny, Karl Markovics and Katharina Schuttler, The King’s Choice was produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae, for Paradox.

It was domestically released on 23 September by Nordisk Film Distribusjon and international sales is handled by Beta Film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reduce the shortlist to five titles, after selection committees in New York, Los Angeles and London have watched the films on 13-15 January, 2017, and publish the nominations on 24 January, 2017.

The awards ceremony will take place on 26 February, 2017.

Last year’s winner was Hungarian director László Nemes’ Son of Saul.

Norway at the Oscars

Since the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film was instigated in 1956, five Norwegian films have been nominated for the award: Arne Skouen’s Nine Lives (Ni liv) in 1957; Nils Gaup’s Pathfinder (Veiviseren) in 1987; Berit Nesheim’s The Other Side of Sunday (Søndagsengler) in 1996; Petter Næss’ Elling in 2001; and Joachim Rønning-Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki in 2012.