Danes Shortlist Three for Oscars

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Danes Shortlist Three for Oscars


Includes films by Niels Arden Oplev, Pernille Fischer Christensen and Nils Malmros.

The Danish Oscar committee has shortlisted three films, one of which will be submitted as Denmark's official entry for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

They include Niels Arden Oplev's Speed Walking, Pernille Fischer Christensen's Someone to Love You and Nils Malmros' Sorrow and Joy.

The films were chosen from a longlist of 18 features and four documentaries. The committee is expected to name the final candidate on Sept 18.

Denmark has had a strong showing at the Oscars in recent years, with two nominations and a win for Susanne Bier's In A Better World in 2011.

The announcement of the five foreign films nominated for the Oscar will be made on Jan 15, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

Speed Walking is set in 1970s Denmark and follows adolescent Martin, whose mother's death in the lead up to his communion triggers a series of events that affects his small community.

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), it is based on a novel by Morten Kirkskov and will premiere in Danish cinemas on 28 August. Thomas Heinesen has produced for Nordisk Film.

Someone You Love debuted at this year's Berline and picked up an audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. …

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