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A War will show off Danish muscle in the Oscar nominations

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- The Danish Oscar committee has chosen Tobias Lindholm’s Venice entry as the country’s submission for the Best Foreign-language Film nomination

A War will show off Danish muscle in the Oscar nominations
A War by Tobias Lindholm

The Danish Oscar committee decided yesterday (23 September) that Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s third feature, A War [+see also:
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, would be Denmark’s official candidate for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-language Film.

The committee, chaired by Henrik Bo Nielsen, managing director of the Danish Film Institute, picked A War from a shortlist that also included Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men & Chicken [+see also:
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and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence [+see also:
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.

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“It was an exciting challenge to choose between three highly skilled candidates, but we were thoroughly considering which film would have the greatest chance to capture the attention of the Academy members,” Nielsen explained.

Lindholm has previously flexed his Oscar muscles as the scriptwriter of Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt [+see also:
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, which was one of the Oscar nominees in 2014, and he has garnered great respect for his two previous films, A Hijacking [+see also:
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]
and R [+see also:
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.

A War was received exceptionally well at this year's Venice Film Festival, where the international press spoke highly of the movie and Lindholm’s unique ability to depict the human drama that occurs when we are put under extreme pressure,” he concluded.

Starring Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim, Søren Malling and Charlotte Munck, the Tomas Radoor-René Ezra production for Nordisk Film had its international premiere in Venice’s Orizzonti competition, ahead of its local release on 10 September.

Handling international sales, Paris’ Studiocanal has licensed the film to Magnolia for US distribution and more than 20 other countries. Meanwhile, Lindholm has next been assigned to write the screenplay for UK director Paul Greengrass’ Berlin Wall drama, The Tunnels.

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