Nordic Submissions in 2000s for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by thebalkabaa | created - 10 Jul 2012 | updated - 10 Jul 2012 | Public

This list includes all the films submitted to AMPAS for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film by the 5 Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) in 2000s.

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1. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,605 | Gross: $0.31M

Norwegian submission for the 74th Academy Awards. Nominated.

2. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 20,764 | Gross: $0.92M

Finnish submission for the 75th Academy Awards. Nominated.

3. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus

Votes: 34,097 | Gross: $0.02M

Swedish submission for the 76th Academy Awards. Nominated.

4. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 15,470 | Gross: $0.01M

Swedish submission for the 77th Academy Awards. Nominated.

5. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 30,023 | Gross: $0.41M

Danish submission for the 79th Academy Awards. Nominated.

6. Everlasting Moments (2008)

Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall

Votes: 5,054 | Gross: $0.61M

Swedish submission for the 81st Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

Danish submission for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

Finnish submission for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

9. Angels of the Universe (2000)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to what seems like inevitable doom; at home... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson

Votes: 2,660

Icelandic submission for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

10. Odd Little Man (2000)

88 min | Biography, Comedy

Little Oddemann uses every means available to find Jesus, including his slingshot. The film takes us to Norway in the late 30's, where we meet a series of burlesque and humorous characters,... See full summary »

Director: Stein Leikanger | Stars: Fredrik Stenberg Ditlev-Simonsen, Martin Eidissen, Frederick Paasche, Gjertrud L. Jynge

Votes: 376

Norwegian submission for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

11. Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjörn Fahlström

Votes: 16,208 | Gross: $0.00M

Swedish submission for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

12. Italian for Beginners (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk, Peter Gantzler

Votes: 12,401 | Gross: $4.45M

Danish submission for the 74th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

13. The River (2001)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

Director: Jarmo Lampela | Stars: Sanna Hietala, Antti Ikkala, Jyri Ojansivu, Antti Mikkola

Votes: 792

Finnish submission for the 74th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

14. The Seagull's Laughter (2001)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or ... See full summary »

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Votes: 640

Icelandic submission for the 74th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

15. Jalla! Jalla! (2000)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Roro, a foreign worker in Swedish parks, loves his girlfriend but is about to marry another girl to prevent her from being sent back to Lebanon. Roros best friend, Måns, has his own ... See full summary »

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Fares Fares, Torkel Petersson, Tuva Novotny, Laleh Pourkarim

Votes: 12,460

Swedish submission for the 74th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

16. Open Hearts (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 9,116 | Gross: $0.12M

Danish submission for the 75th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

17. The Sea (2002)

Unrated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

A rich father in a fisher village plans to take on the project of writing his life story. But first he has to take on his own family, and everybody wants something...

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hélène de Fougerolles, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 1,540 | Gross: $0.06M

Icelandic submission for the 75th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

18. Hold My Heart (2002)

92 min | Drama

A young father kidnaps his daughter, Lisa. But 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.

Director: Trygve Allister Diesen | Stars: Jørgen Langhelle, Vera Rudi, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Kari Simonsen

Votes: 215

Norwegian submission for the 75th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

19. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova

Votes: 40,463 | Gross: $0.18M

Swedish submission for the 75th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

20. Reconstruction (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair.

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Klaus Mulbjerg

Votes: 6,869 | Gross: $0.07M

Danish submission for the 76th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

21. Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)

77 min | Drama, Family

In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Natalie Minnevik, Bibi Andersson, Marjaana Maijala, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 1,602

Finnish submission for the 76th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

22. Noi the Albino (2003)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári | Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Friðriksdóttir

Votes: 8,784 | Gross: $0.06M

Icelandic submission for the 76th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

23. Kitchen Stories (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,758 | Gross: $0.35M

Norwegian submission for the 76th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

24. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,715 | Gross: $0.09M

Danish submission for the 77th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

25. Producing Adults (2004)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family, but her boyfriend, worried that parenthood will stifle his speed-skating ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä | Stars: Minna Haapkylä, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Minttu Mustakallio, Tommi Eronen

Votes: 1,217

Finnish submission for the 77th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

26. Cold Light (2004)

90 min | Drama

What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.

Director: Hilmar Oddsson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Ruth Olafsdottir, Steinunn Harðardóttir

Votes: 549

Icelandic submission for the 77th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

27. Hawaii, Oslo (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 4,446

Norwegian submission for the 77th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

28. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 42,632 | Gross: $0.00M

Danish submission for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

29. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,070

Finnish submission for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

30. In Tune with the Time (2004)

95 min | Musical, Comedy

In tune with the time, mostly from the same characters as appeared in the film, on top (1982), except what are those characters 22 years older.

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson | Stars: Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, Andrea Gylfadóttir, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir

Votes: 80

Icelandic submission for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

31. Kissed by Winter (2005)

R | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Sara Johnsen | Stars: Annika Hallin, Kristoffer Joner, Fridtjov Såheim, Göran Ragnerstam

Votes: 754

Norwegian submission for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

32. Zozo (2005)

105 min | Drama, Family, War

A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Imad Creidi, Antoinette Turk, Elias Gergi, Carmen Lebbos

Votes: 2,953

Swedish submission for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

33. Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen, Ilkka Koivula

Votes: 5,993 | Gross: $0.01M

Finnish submission for the 79th Academy Awards. Withdrawn by the director.

34. Children (2006)

93 min | Drama

Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's ... See full summary »

Director: Ragnar Bragason | Stars: Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Andri Snær Magnason

Votes: 604

Icelandic submission for the 79th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

35. Reprise (2006)

R | 105 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman Høiner, Viktoria Winge, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 8,866 | Gross: $0.55M

Norwegian submission for the 79th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

36. Falkenberg Farewell (2006)

91 min | Drama

The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: John Axel Eriksson, Holger Eriksson, David Johnson, Jesper Ganslandt

Votes: 2,618

Swedish submission for the 79th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

37. The Art of Crying (2006)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Schønau Fog | Stars: Jannik Lorenzen, Jesper Asholt, Julie Kolbeck, Hanne Hedelund

Votes: 2,056

Danish submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

38. A Man's Job (2007)

104 min | Drama

Unemployed man forgets his dignity to support his family.

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä | Stars: Tommi Korpela, Maria Heiskanen, Jani Volanen, Stan Saanila

Votes: 1,919

Finnish submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

39. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,869

Icelandic submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

40. Gone with the Woman (2007)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Trond Fausa, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Peter Stormare, Louise Monot

Votes: 1,968

Norwegian submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

41. You, the Living (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

81 Metascore

You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall, Jan Wikbladh, Björn Englund

Votes: 13,108 | Gross: $0.02M

Swedish submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

42. Worlds Apart (2008)

116 min | Drama

The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Jørn Spottag, Sarah Boberg

Votes: 2,628

Danish submission for the 81st Academy Awards. Not nominated.

43. The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)

108 min | Drama

Juhani, 14 years old and tormented by a childhood trauma, has changed several foster parents from the age of eight. He is taken to an island, where there is a boys' home, run by a strict ... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Niilo Syväoja, Tommi Korpela, Kristiina Halttu, Kati Outinen

Votes: 2,255

Finnish submission for the 81st Academy Awards. Not nominated.

44. White Night Wedding (2008)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

In less than twenty-four hours, a middle-aged academic and his nearly half his age fiancée will get married in Iceland's windswept island, Flatey, amid endless preparations and bitter second thoughts. Is this what they really want?

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson

Votes: 1,261

Icelandic submission for the 81st Academy Awards. Not nominated.

45. O'Horten (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Henny Moan

Votes: 3,629 | Gross: $0.30M

Norwegian submission for the 81st Academy Awards. Not nominated.

46. Terribly Happy (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia, Lars Brygmann

Votes: 5,013 | Gross: $0.07M

Danish submission for the 82nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

47. Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

74 min | Drama

65 Metascore

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen, Jukka Keinonen, Esko Roine

Votes: 2,083

Finnish submission for the 82nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

48. Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Thriller

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

Director: Óskar Jónasson | Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson

Votes: 2,168

Icelandic submission for the 82nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

49. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama