3 Danish films – “THE HUNT”, “THE ACT OF KILLING” and “NORTHWEST” have made the shortlist to be the film submitted as the Danish candidate in the Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards. The films have been selected by a committee set up by the Danish Film Institute and film industry organizations. The final candidate is expected to be announced on Thursday, 26 September.
THE HUNT by Thomas Vinterberg
Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a passing remark. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand. Soon the small community finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
THE ACT OF KILLING by Joshua Oppenheimer
In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatise their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
NORTHWEST by Michael Noer
A gangster film set in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Casper, 18, the oldest of three siblings, survives life on the streets by committing burglaries for the neighborhood boss, Jamal. When Casper gets an offer to work for Jamal’s rival Björn, he jumps at the chance for a better life, making his way into a world of drugs and prostitution. As things escalate between Björn and Jamal, Casper finds himself and his family dead center of a conflict that threatens to destroy them.