Left to right: Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier / Motlys AS, 2011), Sons of Norway (Jens Lien / Friland AS, 2011) and Happy, Happy (Anne Sewitsky / Maipo AS, 2011) on this year's shortlist for the Academy Awards.

Norway names three Oscar candidates

Published: 16/08/2011 | Edited: 29/08/2011

Oslo, August 31st, Happy, Happy and Sons of Norway shortlisted for this year’s Academy Award submission.

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Among 30 local features premiered between 1 October, 2010-30 September, 2011, Norway’s Oscar committee has shortlisted three to be considered for an Oscar submission: Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august), Anne Sewitsky’s Happy, Happy (Sykt lykkelig) and Jens Lien’s Sons of Norway (Sønner av Norge).

Neither Trier nor Lien’s films have been launched domestically – they will both screen at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (between 21-26 August), before they are released on 31 August and 9 September, respectively, both through Norsk Filmdistribusjon. Sewitsky’s feature debut was out in November 2010; touring several international festivals, it won for Best International Film in Sundance.

Closing the Haugesund showcase, Oslo, August 31st had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival; it has also been selected for the Vanguard selection at the Toronto International Film Festival (8-18 September). Lien’s Sons of Norway will open the Norwegian fest August 21.

The Norwegian Oscar committee includes Espen Horn (Norwegian Film and TV Producers’ Association), Mona J. Hotel (Directors Guild of Norway), Sverre Pedersen (Norwegian Film Worker’s Association), Anders T Andersen (Norwegian Actor’s Equity Association), Monica Boracco Borring (Writers’ Guild of Norway), Øyvor Dalan Vik (Norwegian Film Critic’s Association) and Stine Helgeland (Norwegian Film Institute/chairman). Their final choice will be announced on September 1st.

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