The Danish Oscar committee selected a shortlist of three films as possible candidates for Denmark’s official entry for the 2022 International Feature Film category. The three films are ‘Flee’ by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, ‘Margrete – Queen of the North’ by Charlotte Sieling, and ‘The Shadow in My Eye’ by Ole Bornedal.
The official candidate will be announced October 25.
‘Flee’ by Jonas Poher Rasmussen offers a gripping account of how the director’s close friend Amin arrived in Denmark as a young refugee from Afghanistan 25 years ago.
Margrete – Queen of the North
‘Margrete – Queen of the North’ by Charlotte Sieling. Great praise goes, in particular, to Trine Dyrholm in the role as queen Margrete, whom we follow in the year 1402. She has achieved what no man has managed before, having gathered Denmark, Norway and Sweden into a peace-oriented union, which she single-handedly rules through her adopted son, Erik. The union is beset by enemies, however, and a conspiracy is under way that can tear Margrete and all she believes in apart.
The Shadow in My Eye
‘The Shadow in My Eye’ by Ole Bornedal depicts one of the greatest tragedies in recent Danish history: the bombing of the French School in Copenhagen at the end of the Second World War.
On 21 March 1945, the British Royal Air Force attack on Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen was successful, but also ended in a fatal tragedy, as they mistakenly bombed the French School as well, resulting in more than 120 casualties, of which 86 were children. The film tells the story as seen through the eyes of the children at the school, the nuns, the young captive freedom fighters and the attacking airmen.