Student’s film in Oscar race

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A film made as the graduation project of a student at the Norwegian National Film School in Lillehammer is among the nominees for the Best Live Action Short Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.

Director Hallvar Witzø was jubilant when the nominations were announced on Tuesday. “We had prepared for a funeral feast,” Witzø told the Norwegian Film Institute. “Luckily we could grab at the champagne.”

His film, Tuba Atlantic, is about a 70-year-old Norwegian who’s been told he only has six more days to live. He wants to make peace with his brother, who emigrated to the US, and builds an enormous tuba with the idea of using it to communicate across the Atlantic.

The film has been shown at several international film festivals and also won the Best Foreign Film award at the Student Oscars last summer.

Norway’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film, Sykt lykkelig (Happy, happy) by Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky, didn’t survive the competition for a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, losing out to films from Poland, Belgium, Israel, Canada and Iran.

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