The Norwegian Film Institute’s Oscar committee has chosen Thelma, a new film by Norwegian director Joachim Trier, to be the country’s official candidate for an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
The film, described as a “supernatural thriller,” opened Norway’s own International Film Festival in Haugesund last month and won the Norwegian Film Critics Prize. It’s due to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.
The film is about a young student in Oslo who becomes overwhelmed by emotions and frightening, inexplicable powers after being attracted to another woman. It was selected from a shortlist of film candidates that included Izer Aliu’s Fluefangeren (Hunting Flies) and Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s Hoggeren (The Tree Feller).
Actual Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23, with the Academy Awards ceremony due to take place on March 4.