Norway has selected Hope movie for next year’s Oscars. The film will represent the country under the Best International Feature category.
According to Deadline, Hope has been submitted for the 2021 Oscars. Maria Sodhal is the director of this drama that first premiered at the TIFF event. It was also screened in the Panorama at Berlin earlier this year.
Moreover, the film won the Europa Cinemas Label Award as well. Recently it also secured two European Film Awards nominations for director Sodhal and lead actress Andrea Braein Hovig.
Upon receiving the news of entering the Oscars, the director said:
“What a week! Two European Film Awards nominations and the Norwegian Oscar candidate. I’m overjoyed. Together with my brilliant and generous actors Andrea Braein Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård, I sincerely wish Hope will leave a lasting impression on audiences in Europe and the U.S.”
“Hope” movie cast and plot details
The drama shows the story of Anja (played by Andrea Braein Hovig), a 43-year-old woman. She receives a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, just a day ahead of Christmas. Stellan Skarsgard plays her husband, Tomas. They both live independently despite a combined, large family.
When Anja is given only the last three months of her life, real love emerges, which was missing in their lives.
Hope initially premiered in 2019 in Norway. Thomas Robsahm for Motlys in co-production with Zentropa Sweden and Film I Väst, and Oslo Pictures are its producers. Others supported them are the Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordic Film, and TV Fund. TrustNordisk manages the movie’s international sales.
2021 Oscars witnessing a tough race
With the new addition of Norway’s Hope, the competition is already becoming difficult. The Academy awards ceremony will surely see a tough fight in the Best International Feature section.
In its history, Norway has never won the trophy despite two past nominations in 2012 and 2016. The two entries from the country were Kon-Tiki, eight years ago, and then The King’s Choice.
Speaking of other nations, South Korea’s The Man Standing Next and Japan’s True Mothers are already added to the International Feature category. Others include Iran’s Sun Children and Canada’s Funny Boy.
And the entries will keep coming in future days because the main event is not very far away now. The official list of nominees will likely come out at the end of January. Till then, the early submissions will continue to be added.
Coming onto Norway’s Hope will face a strong challenge from many films, especially South Korea’s The Man Standing Next. Because Parasite, the history-making Oscar winner last year, belonged to this country only.
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