Nordic Film Days Lübeck Keeps Fingers Crossed for Three Oscar-Nominated Films from Scandinavia

Two Scandinavian productions are amongst the five films competing in the final round for the “best foreign language” Oscar on 24. February. They include the gripping Norwegian adventure film KON-TIKI, about the expedition by Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl, by directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, which was also co-produced by dcm productions from Germany. KON-TIKI was the opening film at the 54. Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2012, and is released in German cinemas on 21. March 2013.

The Danish contribution EN KONGELIG AFFÆRE / A ROYAL AFFAIR by Nikolaj Arcel, which tells the dramatic love story of the Danish Queen Caroline Mathilde and the royal physician Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), is also an aspiring candidate for the award. The film previously received two Silver Bears at the 2012 Berlinale (Best Script, Best Actor).

The Swedish film SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is competing for the Oscar in the “Best Documentary Film” category. Filmmaker Malik Bendjeloul tells the unbelievable yet true story of Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician who recorded two LPs in the 1970s before sinking into oblivion – until some fans from South Africa went to great lengths to find him. His music had found a huge fan base in South Africa and he had become something of a legend there, all unbeknown to himself.

Linde Fröhlich, Artistic Director at Nordic Film Days Lübeck, is already looking forward to keeping her fingers crossed for the three Scandinavian productions that are competing at this year’s Oscars presentation: “The Scandinavian films tell compelling stories and they are made very professionally. I think they all stand good a chance.”

Silke Lehmann
Head of Press and Publicity
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
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