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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It
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Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund

Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund
Norwegian director Joachim Trier – whose latest feature, the English-language “Louder than Bombs,” was Norway’s first contender for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 36 years and won, among other plaudits, the Nordic Council’s Film Prize – will launch the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Unspooling on Norway’s west coast, it runs Aug. 20-25.

”Trier is one of our most important filmmakers and all his films have been on show here, so of course it is a pleasure to start with ‘Thelma,’” said festival and program director Tonje Hardersen, close to finishing the festival schedule. Starring Norwegian actress Eili Harboe, the film is a supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers she has frightening and inexplicable powers.

Thelma” will be the first of so far 78 films from 24 countries in the program and one of the rather few local entries in this year’s selection, compared
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Armie Hammer’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Joins Berlinale’s Panorama Lineup

Armie Hammer’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Joins Berlinale’s Panorama Lineup
The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with the addition of 24 feature films, including “Call Me by Your Name,” an extremely well-reviewed gay love story featuring actor Armie Hammer.

The full Panorama program includes 36 world, six international and nine European premieres. Thirteen European films have been added. Among those is “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) from an adaptation, co-written with James Ivory, of a novel by André Aciman.

There are five films from Brazil, including “Como Nossos Pais” (Just Like Our Parents), directed by Lais Bodanzky, who depicts the everyday lives of three generations in Sao Paulo as “a pyrotechnic display of individual passions and existential delusions staged with a sublime naturalness,” according to the festival.

Also in the program are Spanish debut feature “Pieles” (Skins) by Eduardo Casanova, “Rekvijem za gospodju J.” (Requiem for Mrs. J.) by Serbia’s Bojan Vuletić,
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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles

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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles
Berlin’s Panorama lineup also includes new films from Us, China and Brazil.

Berlin’s Panorama strand is now complete following the addition of 24 additional titles.

A total of 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be getting their world premieres at the Berlinale.

The German production Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass will open this year’s edition of Panorama Special at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema, along with the previously announced Brazilian production Vazante.

Among newly confirmed films are UK Sundance title God’s Own Country, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, feminist fairy tale The Misandrists by Berlinale regular Bruce Labruce, Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production Insyriated which stars Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in an apartment during war.[p
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Does the Academy Have a Bias Toward Foreign-Language Films Based on World War II?

‘Land of Mine’ (Courtesy: Toronto International Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If there’s one thing for certain about the foreign-language film category at the Oscars it’s that the Academy sure has a soft spot for films about World War II. Just this year alone there are three movies on the Academy’s shortlist that are set during that very tumultuous time — Denmark’s Land of Mine, Norway’s The King’s Choice, and Russia’s Paradise. How often has the Academy nominated or given the win to films based specifically during the World War II era?

According to Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, the best foreign-language film Oscar race is shaping up to potentially only feature one of these World War II-set movies in the official nominations. So far Land of Mine is listed as a frontrunner along with Germany’s Toni Erdmann, Iran’s The Salesman,
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Oscars 2017: Breaking Down the Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

My Life as a Zucchini’ (Courtesy: Rita/Blue Spirit/Gebeka/Knm)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With a shortlist announced, the best foreign language film category is quickly whittling down and gearing up for the 2017 Oscars. A grand total of 85 movies were accepted from the record 89 submissions, but now the Academy is only eyeing nine of them to eventually nominate five from. Let’s take a closer look the lucky ones to make the shortlist — as controversial as they are — and get to know them better and see if history can provide context for what makes them so special.

Tanna (Australia)

Tanna, Australia’s submission, is set on the titular island that is a part of Vanuatu in the South Pacific and focuses on the Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between a couple who decide to marry for love instead of obeying their parents’ wishes. The film — co-directed by Martin Butler
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Norwegian Hit ‘The King’s Choice’ Gets Royal Welcome In N.A. Bow

Norwegian Hit ‘The King’s Choice’ Gets Royal Welcome In N.A. Bow
After breaking Norwegian box office records, The King's Choice (Kongens Nei) is making its North American debut in high style. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway have committed to attend a glitzy screening of the Erik Poppe-directed film on November 8 at Tiff Bell Lightbox. The King's Choice, Norway's official Foreign-Language Oscar submission, has special significance to the royals, since it is based on the true the story of the three dramatic days in April…
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film
The official submissions for the foreign language Oscar are in from around the world, and the Academy has deemed a record 85 eligible to compete. Last year, 81 submissions were released theatrically in their home countries between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. (This year’s deadline for submissions was October 3, 2016.)

Several Academy foreign committees comprised of members from all the branches will whittle down the films to a shortlist of nine and finally, five Oscar nominees. (Last year’s winner was Cannes prize-winner “Son of Saul,” directed by Hungarian Lazlo Nemes.) Many countries pick films that do well on the festival circuit as their strongest Oscar contender; others do not.

Politics often intervene: Brazil’s submission was expected to be Cannes competition film “Aquarius,” starring Sonia Braga, but it was embroiled in controversy over filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s support of outgoing impeached president Dilma Rousseff. Bruno Barreto’s Brazil selection committee went
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film
The official submissions for the foreign language Oscar are in from around the world, and the Academy has deemed a record 85 eligible to compete. Last year, 81 submissions were released theatrically in their home countries between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. (This year’s deadline for submissions was October 3, 2016.)

Several Academy foreign committees comprised of members from all the branches will whittle down the films to a shortlist of nine and finally, five Oscar nominees. (Last year’s winner was Cannes prize-winner “Son of Saul,” directed by Hungarian Lazlo Nemes.) Many countries pick films that do well on the festival circuit as their strongest Oscar contender; others do not.

Politics often intervene: Brazil’s submission was expected to be Cannes competition film “Aquarius,” starring Sonia Braga, but it was embroiled in controversy over filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s support of outgoing impeached president Dilma Rousseff. Bruno Barreto’s Brazil selection committee went
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Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia

Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia
The Academy now has official submissions from Sweden, Norway and Finland (the former Swedish territory is sometimes considered Scandinavian, sometimes not).

Hannes Holm’s “A Man Called Ove” (September 30, Music Box Films) is Sweden’s 2016 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on the book by Fredrik Backman, it stars Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård as a grumpy old man who befriends a new neighbor (Persian actress Bahar Par). The film was the country’s third-biggest domestic hit at the box office.

Norway has also picked its Oscar selection for 2016: Erik Poppe’s historical drama “The King’s Choice” (“Kongens nei”). Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg set the action during the German invasion of Norway in 1940, when King Haakon VII (Danish actor Jesper Christensen) faced down the German demand for capitulation, although it meant the Nazis would dispatch air raids in order to try and kill him—and many others.
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Eric Poppe Returns With The King's Choice. Watch The Trailer Now!

Norway's Erik Poppe has long been a favorite in these parts ... since we first came across his work with 2004's Hawaii, Oslo (actually his sophomore effot) we've watched him move from that Wenders / Anderson influenced multi-threaded drama to the intense character work of 2008's Troubled Water and 2013's searing war photographer effort A Thousand Times Good Night and always been left wondering why he doesn't get a lot more attention than he does. Because Poppe is simply very, very very good. And he will soon be back on Norwegian screens with 1940 set drama The King's Choice (Kongens Nei), which looks to be a beautifully executed wartime drama. On the 9th of April 1940, German troops invade Oslo. The king of Norway is...

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