Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice (Kongens nei) will represent Norway in the run for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.
“The King’s Choice tells of a dramatic event for us as a nation, but also examines a part of history that affected large parts of the world. With its engaging themes and strong cinematic qualities I am sure we have a great candidate in the race,” said Oscar Committee chairman, managing director Sindre Guldvog, of the Norwegian Film Institute.
Scripted by Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, the film is set during the German invasion of Norway in 1940. On the afternoon of 8 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 that turned a brave man into the people’s King.”
After three days the King refused the Nazi ultimatum, although it could cost the lives of himself, his family and many innocent Norwegians. The German response was a bomb-air raid with the aim to kill the King.
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.
The King’s Choice was shortlisted for the Oscar nomination run with another two Norwegian features, Erik Skjoldbjærg’s The Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) and Rune Denstad Langlo’s Welcome to Norway!. – Poppe most recently directed the award-winning English-language A Thousand Times Goodnight (2013) starring Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which received ao the Special Jury Grand Prix in Montreal.