The Norwegian committee that chooses candidates for the Academy Awards’ Oscar for best foreign-language film has narrowed them down to three. They include Eventyrland ( It’s Only Make Believe), directed by Arild Østin Ommundsen; Jeg er din (I am yours), directed by Iram Haq, and Pionér (Pioneer), directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg.
“It’s Only Make Believe” was making its international premiere this weekend at the 37thWorld Film Festival in Montreal. It follows the release of a young woman who spent 10 years in prison for murder, after shooting two people including her boyfriend during the robbery of a drug dealer.
“I Am Yours” follows the story of a young, single mother looking for the love of her life. It will make its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival that runs from September 5-15.
“Pioneer” is a thriller that’s getting rave reviews in Norway as it reveals the intrigue and deception and even death that accompanied Norway’s entry into the oil business in the 1960s and ’70s. Pioneer divers risked their lives, and sometimes lost them, in the quest for new sources of oil from the North Sea that eventually made Norway wealthy, but at a very high cost.
The committee, made up of seven representatives of the Norwegian film industry and the Norwegian Institute, will announce Norway’s Oscar candidate on September 20. The Academy’s own shortlist will be announced on January 16. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 2.