Hannes Holm’s film A Man Called Ove has been selected by the Swedish Film Institute to represent Sweden as the country’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
In the film, 59-year-old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.
The film based on a novel by Fredrik Backman about the grumpy and pernickety Ove is one of the biggest Swedish cinema successes ever, and at the national film award gala, Guldbaggen, the film received several awards: Best male actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Makeup/Hair (Love Larson and Eva von Bahr) and the Audience Award. On top of that it received an additional four nominations. Lassgård’s interpretation of the main character has also been awarded at Seattle International Film Festival. Furthermore, the film is nominated to People’s Choice Award at European Film Awards which takes place in Wroclaw on December 10th.
In the US, the film will be released by Music Box Films on September 30th in more than 40 cities.