Joachim Trier's award-winning cinema success The Worst Person in the World has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in the category Best International Feature Film. The final nominations will be announced on February 8, 2022.
-We are so happy on behalf of The Worst Person in the World and everyone who has been involved in making this film - and for Norwegian film in general. The fact that the film has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination is another of the many major milestones that Joachim Trier's film has reached. From the world premiere in competition and actor award in Cannes and on to very good cinema admissions both in Norway and internationally in addition to weekly international nominations and awards at festivals around the world. All the attention that the film receives also contributes to putting Norwegian film on the international film map. We will do what we can to contribute to the World's Worst Man being nominated for an Oscar in February, says Kjersti Mo, CEO of the Norwegian Film Institute.
It is a strong Nordic year in the Oscar context, because together with the Norwegian film on the fifteen films long shortlist for Oscar for best international film, we also find the Danish animated documentary Flee (co-produced with Norwegian Mer Film AS), Finnish Compartment No. 6, and Icelandic Lamb.
The path to the shortlist
The Worst Person in the World began its international life by participating in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, it has also been screened at the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, and has since participated in a large number of festivals in North America with the aim of getting as many people as possible in the American film industry - and thus many members of the Academy - to have seen the film when they will later vote for candidates.
The road ahead to a nomination
On February 8, it will be announced which films will be nominated for an Oscar, while the actual Oscar award gala will take place on March 27. The Worst Person in the World has the same distributor - Neon - as Korean Parasite, which won an Oscar in 2019. Neon is known for working very purposefully and thoroughly with its Oscar campaigns. The Norwegian Film Institute can provide a total of NOK 600,000 (EUR 60.000) in grants for a Norwegian film's Oscar campaign in the category Best International Film.
About The Worst Person in the World
The script is written by Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier. Joachim Trier's third film in the Oslo trilogy after Reprise and Oslo August 31 is a melancholic comedy about love in our time. In the main roles we find Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Herbert Nordrum.
Producers are Thomas Robsahm and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar for Oslo Pictures. The Norwegian premiere was on 15 October 2021, and it has so far been seen by over 200,000 people in Norway and also over 200,000 in France. The Norwegian distributor is SF Studios. The international sales agent is the French company MK2 and the American distributor is Neon.
No Norwegian-produced documentaries have been shortlisted this year, but three minority co-productions have found their way to the list. It is the above-mentioned Flee, which is shortlisted in both the category Best long documentary and Best international film. Furthermore, the films President (Denmark) and Writing with Fire (India) are shortlisted, and both are co-produced by the Norwegian company Sant & Usant, which produced last year's documentary and festival hit Gunda. Flee and President have received co-production grants from the Norwegian Film Institute, while Writing with Fire has received grants from Sørfond.
The James Bond film No Time To Die, which has received support from the Norwegian incentive scheme and which contains several scenes from Norway, was shortlisted in the categories Makeup and hairstyle, Music (Original Score), Sound and Visual Effects.