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NORTHWEST and THE HUNT on Danish Oscar shortlist

On Thursday 15 August, the Danish Oscar committee announced that THE HUNT, THE ACT OF KILLING and NORTHWEST are shortlisted for the title as Denmark's Foreign Language film.

  • Photo: Per Arnesen

    Photo: Per Arnesen

  • Photo: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck

    Photo: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck

Nordisk Film is involved in the following two of the shortlisted films.

Michael Noer's NORTHWEST is produced by René Ezra and Tomas Radoor for Nordisk Film Production. The film enjoyed its world premiere at the Rotterdam film festival and won the international film critics' award in Göteborg. The film was selected for the New York Tribeca Film Festival and also screened in Münich and Karlovy Vary. Noer, who made his first feature with Tobias Lindholm (BORGEN, A HIJACKING), takes us to a rundown Copenhagen neighbourhood where Casper makes a living by selling stolen goods to a local gang leader. When Casper turns towards a more professional outfit to advance himself, he slowly but surely finds himself caught up in a vicious circle that threatens to destroy him and his family.

THE HUNT by Thomas Vinterberg is produced by Morten Kaufmann and Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award in Cannes in 2012 for his performance as Lucas, a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher whose life comes crashing down when a young girl makes false accusations against him. Since its world premiere in Cannes, JAGTEN has won a host of awards and nominations, including a European Film Award (and an additional four nominations) and also enjoyed critical success at its openings in the UK and USA.

On Thursday 26 September the Danish Oscar committee will assemble again and decide on the final candidate.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will eventually nominate five films in the "Foreign Language Film" category. The nominations will be announced on Thursday 16 January 2014, and the Oscars will take place on March 2 marts 2014.