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The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg
The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg

The Danish Oscar committee has shortlisted three films – “The Commune” by Thomas Vinterberg, “Walk with Me” by Lisa Ohlin and “Land of Mine” by Martin Zandvliet to be considered as Denmark’s official entry for the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar category.

The Danish Oscar submitting committee is set up by the Danish Film Institute and national film industry organizations. The Committee consists of chairman Henrik Bo Nielsen (CEO, Danish Film Institute), Tivi Magnusson (Danish Producers), Anders Refn (Danish Film Directors), Jan Weincke (Danish Cinematographers), Jacob Wendt Jensen (Danish Film Critics), Kim Pedersen (Danish Cinemas) and Marianne Moritzen (head of Ficition, Danish Film Institute).

The committee members will meet again Monday, September 19, to name the final candidate to represent Denmark in the nominations run in the Foreign Language Oscar category.

The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg

Based on his childhood memories growing up in an intellectual commune Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune” made its international premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, with Trine Dyrholm winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress. The film will soon be making its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, showcasing as a Special Presentation.

Erik and Anna – played by Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm – are a couple of academics with a dream. With their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in a huge villa north of Copenhagen. With the family at the centre of the story, we are invited into their dream of a real commune. We participate in the house meetings, the dinners and parties. There is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof, until an earth-shattering love affair puts the small community to its greatest test. 

Walk with Me by Lisa Ohlin

Lisa Ohlin’s drama features Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, who won the Silver Bear in 2012 for his lead as the mad king in Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair.”

Boe plays Thomas who is heavily wounded after a mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. At the local rehabilitation center he meets Sofie, an ascending ballerina from the Royal Danish Ballet who is helping a relative regain strength after a long-term sickness. Thomas desperately wants to get back into the field and feels a growing impatience as he fails to progress as fast as he would like. When Sofie offers to help him with a more intense rehabilitation plan, he accepts. Despite their differences they develop a special bond and a mutual affection.–o

Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet

After the world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Martin Zandvliet’s war drama has won top prizes at festivals worldwide.

“Land of Mine,” based on historical events, tells the story of a group of young German POWs who are brought to the Danish West Coast to remove landmines from the beaches. Roland Møller won an award at Tokyo Film Festival for his performance as the brutish sergeant in charge of the group. At first scornful and intent on punishing what’s left of the Nazi army, the sergeant grows conflicted in his feelings toward the young boys.

The film is Zandvliet’s third feature, after 2009’s “Applause” and 2011’s “A Funny Man”. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its Best Foreign Language Film shortlist on January 17, 2017, Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017; and the Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.


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