List of Norwegian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of all the films that Norway has submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Norway only submitted two films in the awards first twenty years, but they became a regular fixture in the competition in 1980, with the exception of 1983. Four of these films have been nominated for the award: Ni Liv (1957), Ofelas (1987), Søndagsengler (1996) and Elling (2001).
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1.
Nine Lives (1957)
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The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape... (96 mins.)
Director: Arne Skouen
 
2.
Kalde spor (1962)
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Wartime 1944. Oddmund stays at a remote cabin in the high mountains, about to lead 12 refugees out of the country. But he also awaits the most important person is his life, Ragnhild, which isn't coming. (96 mins.)
Director: Arne Skouen
 
3.
Liv og død (1980)
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When a married doctor brings home a gay medical student that he's smitten with, his wife goes along and the three try to build a non-traditional relationship. Then society's homophobia intervenes. (83 mins.)
 
4.
Julia Julia (1981)
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Julia washes trains coupes for a living, when she one day meets the married Karl-Henrik, the secretary of the minister of justice. Falling in love with him, she also are involved in his criminal activity. (99 mins.)
 
5.
Leve sitt liv (1982)
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The middle aged widowed Victoria has had to quit job due to work injuries. Helping people is her new goal in life. One days she meets young Carl, suffering from a difficult past, giving her an unforgettable experience. (83 mins.)
 
6.
The Chieftain (1984)
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A love story about an actor, Arne Strømberg, which struggles with the changes between love and anger, and his roles as a macho man, family father and husband. (120 mins.)
 
7.
Wives - Ten Years After (1985)
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Ten years have passed since our three heroines' first outing in 1975. Now the women meet at yet another class reunion... (88 mins.)
Director: Anja Breien
 
8.
Hard asfalt (1986)
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Suburban teenager Ida grows up outside Oslo, is starting off with drugs and meets the homeless alcoholic charmer Knut, which soon is her big love. Destined for a hard life in drugs and alcohol, how can they turn their lives around? (109 mins.)
Director: Sølve Skagen
 
9.
Pathfinder (1987)
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Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area... (86 mins.)
Director: Nils Gaup
 
10.
Is-slottet (1987)
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In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the 1930s, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meet. They are friends... (78 mins.)
Director: Per Blom
 
11.
A Handful of Time (1989)
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Gothic thriller about Old Martin who heeds the voice of Anna, who calls him back to the mountain cabin where he left her to die while she gave birth to their surviving son. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Asphaug
 
12.
Herman (1990)
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"Herman", based on Lars Saabye Christensen's novel of the same name, tells the story of the young boy... (88 mins.)
Director: Erik Gustavson
 
13.
Frida - med hjertet i hånden (1991)
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Frida, aged 13, has discovered a book by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm called "The art of loving". Using... (113 mins.)
Director: Berit Nesheim
 
14.
The Warrior's Heart (1992)
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A love story during the Second World War in Scandinavia. Ann Mari, a Norwegian, works as a nurse in... (102 mins.)
Director: Leidulv Risan
 
15.
The Telegraphist (1993)
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Mack is the most important man in a little society in North Western Norway around 1900. Telegrapher Rolandsen is a smart, funny and charming the ladies, even Mack's daughter. (102 mins.)
Director: Erik Gustavson
 
16.
Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (1994)
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The young teenager Otto is entering the summer holidays in 60'ies Oslo, without getting a real holiday, and he is not accepted in the gang or the football team. But then he meets exciting mysterious Frank, which changes everything. (96 mins.)
Director: Marius Holst
 
17.
Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)
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Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties... (180 mins.)
Director: Liv Ullmann
 
18.
The Other Side of Sunday (1996)
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The Other Side of Sunday, Also known in Norwegian as "Sndags Engler", is a movie that criticizes the small... (103 mins.)
Director: Berit Nesheim
 
19.
Junk Mail (1997)
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A lazy postman puts his nose where it doesn't belong. (83 mins.)
Director: Pål Sletaune
 
20.
Only Clouds Move the Stars (1998)
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"Only Clouds..." is a film about eleven year old Maria, who has lost her little brother. Her mother disappears into her own sorrow, then Maria meets Jacob. (98 mins.)
Director: Torun Lian
 
21.
Suffløsen (1999)
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Siv works as a prompter for the Norwegian opera. As the rehearsals for Aida starts, she marries a demanding man...
Director: Hilde Heier
 
22.
Odd Little Man (2000)
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Little Oddemann uses every means available to find Jesus, including his slingshot. The film takes us to Norway in the late 30's... (88 mins.)
Director: Stein Leikanger
 
23.
Elling (2001)
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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
24.
Hold My Heart (2002)
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A young father kidnaps his daughter, Lisa. Both the mother, the police, media and Lisa ruins his plan. On a trip around the country, everyone must realize they have a fault in this. (92 mins.)
 
25.
Kitchen Stories (2003)
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A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him. (95 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
 
26.
Hawaii, Oslo (2004)
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Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other... (125 mins.)
Director: Erik Poppe
 
27.
Kissed by Winter (2005)
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After her son is hospitalized, a doctor cheats on her husband with a snow plow driver who is a suspect in her investigation of the recent death of a young Arab boy. (84 mins.)
Director: Sara Johnsen
 
28.
Reprise (2006)
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Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
29.
Gone with the Woman (2007)
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A woman moves into a young man's home and starts to run his life -- a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
30.
O'Horten (2007)
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A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement. (90 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
 
31.
Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
 
32.
The Angel (2009)
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As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later... (97 mins.)
Director: Margreth Olin
 
33.
Happy, Happy (2010)
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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living... (85 mins.)
Director: Anne Sewitsky