Nordic Submissions in 2010s for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by thebalkabaa | created - 10 Jul 2012 | updated - 18 Jan 2018 | Public

This list includes all the films submitted to AMPAS for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film by the 6 Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) in 2010s, including Greenland's first submission ever.

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1. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 43,881 | Gross: $1.50M

Swedish submission for the 90th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist. / Result TBA

2. In a Better World (2010)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 36,497 | Gross: $1.01M

Danish submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Won the Academy Award.

3. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 28,070 | Gross: $0.44M

Danish submission for the 89th Academy Awards. Nominated.

4. A Man Called Ove (2015)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Director: Hannes Holm | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Votes: 38,905 | Gross: $3.36M

Swedish submission for the 89th Academy Awards. Nominated.

5. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, War

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 8,561 | Gross: $0.12M

Danish submission for the 88th Academy Awards. Nominated.

6. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 240,454 | Gross: $0.69M

Danish submission for the 86th Academy Awards. Nominated.

7. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 40,870 | Gross: $1.55M

Danish submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Nominated.

8. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History

62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 41,596 | Gross: $1.52M

Norwegian submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Nominated.

9. The King's Choice (2016)

133 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 5,584 | Gross: $0.11M

Norwegian submission for the 89th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

10. The Fencer (2015)

99 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere Sr., Liisa Koppel

Votes: 4,042 | Gross: $0.10M

Finnish submission for the 88th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

11. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 41,565 | Gross: $1.36M

Swedish submission for the 87th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

12. The Deep (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson, Thora Bjorg Helga

Votes: 4,538

Icelandic submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

13. Superclásico (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

Christian is a Copenhagen wine seller on the brink of bankruptcy. Equally unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life, it has been 17 months since his wife Anna left him. Anna ... See full summary »

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Mikael Bertelsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jamie Morton, Paprika Steen

Votes: 2,303

Danish submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

14. Simple Simon (I) (2010)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A younger brother with Aspergers syndrome helps his older brother find a girlfriend.

Director: Andreas Öhman | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Martin Wallström, Cecilia Forss, Sofie Hamilton

Votes: 7,752

Swedish submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

15. You Disappear (2017)

117 min | Drama

A teachers' world is turned upside down when her husband, a successful headmaster, is caught embezzling from their own school. Did he do this of his own free will - or has his personality been altered by the tumor lurking in his brain? As the teacher is assisting an attorney in providing a legal defense, recent neuroscience forces her to rethink who her husband really is.

Director: Peter Schønau Fog | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Michael Nyqvist, Meicke Bahnsen

Votes: 657

Danish submission for the 90th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

16. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $0.38M

Finnish submission for the 90th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

17. Under the Tree (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 2,418 | Gross: $0.07M

Icelandic submission for the 90th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

18. Thelma (II) (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

74 Metascore

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 20,599 | Gross: $0.15M

Norwegian submission for the 90th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

19. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,488

Finnish submission for the 89th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

20. Sparrows (2015)

99 min | Drama

Ari's teenage lifestyle in the big city is disrupted as he is sent by his mother to live with his uninvolved father and his grandmother in a small fishing village.

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson | Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Arna Magnea Danks

Votes: 1,311

Icelandic submission for the 89th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

21. Rams (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.

Director: Grímur Hákonarson | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jón Benónýsson

Votes: 10,859 | Gross: $0.14M

Icelandic submission for the 88th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

22. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 27,965 | Gross: $0.18M

Norwegian submission for the 88th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

23. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros

Votes: 14,165 | Gross: $0.22M

Swedish submission for the 88th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

24. Sorrow and Joy (2013)

107 min | Drama

In SORROW AND JOY filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Ida Dwinger, Kristian Halken

Votes: 1,038

Danish submission for the 87th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

25. Concrete Night (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Stars: Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak

Votes: 943

Finnish submission for the 87th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

26. Life in a Fishbowl (2014)

129 min | Drama

A Reykjavik pre-school teacher struggles to raise her daughter while selling casual sex to help make ends meet.

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson | Stars: Hera Hilmar, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson

Votes: 1,522

Icelandic submission for the 87th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

27. 1001 Grams (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

65 Metascore

When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker, Hildegun Riise, Stein Winge

Votes: 1,299

Norwegian submission for the 87th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

28. Disciple (2013)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

In 1939 the 13-year-old Carl arrives at the lighthouse Lågskär in the Åland Islands, for a position as lighthouse disciple. He is trained by the demanding lighthouse keeper.

Director: Ulrika Bengts | Stars: Erik Lönngren, Patrik Kumpulainen, Niklas Groundstroem, Amanda Ooms

Votes: 347

Finnish submission for the 86th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

29. Of Horses and Men (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Johann Pall Oddson, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 2,708 | Gross: $0.01M

Icelandic submission for the 86th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

30. I Am Yours (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her 6 year old son Felix. She is of Norwegian Pakistani descent with a troubled family relationship. Constantly looking for love, Mina ... See full summary »

Director: Iram Haq | Stars: Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace, Prince Singh, Rabia Noreen

Votes: 619

Norwegian submission for the 86th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

31. Eat Sleep Die (2012)

104 min | Drama

A young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies.

Director: Gabriela Pichler | Stars: Nermina Lukac, Milan Dragisic, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Fält

Votes: 1,977

Swedish submission for the 86th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

32. Purge (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past.

Director: Antti Jokinen | Stars: Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke, Peter Franzén

Votes: 3,297

Finnish submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

33. Inuk (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

Several years after losing his father, Inuk learns the way of his people again.

Director: Mike Magidson | Stars: Gaba Petersen, Knud Therkielsen, Ole Jørgen Hammeken, Rebekka Jørgensen

Votes: 285

Greenlandic submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

34. The Hypnotist (2012)

122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective pairs himself with a famous psychologist on a case involving a traumatized young witness to a crime.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Tobias Zilliacus, Mikael Persbrandt, Lena Olin, Helena Af Sandeberg

Votes: 7,002

Swedish submission for the 85th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

35. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 18,454 | Gross: $0.61M

Finnish submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

36. Volcano (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past.

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson | Stars: Auður Drauma Bachmann, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Kristín Davíðsdóttir, Benedikt Erlingsson

Votes: 1,166

Icelandic submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

37. Happy, Happy (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with... See full summary »

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 2,830 | Gross: $0.04M

Norwegian submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

38. Beyond (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman's experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism.

Director: Pernilla August | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Outi Mäenpää, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 3,523

Swedish submission for the 84th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

39. Steam of Life (2010)

81 min | Documentary

Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,337

Finnish submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

40. Nuummioq (2009)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A love-struck man discovers he has an incurable illness shortly after meeting the woman of his dreams.

Directors: Torben Bech, Otto Rosing | Stars: Lars Rosing, Angunnguaq Larsen, Julie Berthelsen, Marius Olsen

Votes: 158

Greenlandic submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

41. Mamma Gógó (2010)

90 min | Drama

A film director's personal journey experiencing his mother's disappearance into the Alzheimer disease, a film with essential Fridriksson's ingredients, humour, compassion and strong visual style.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Kristbjörg Kjeld, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir

Votes: 340

Icelandic submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

42. The Angel (2009)

97 min | Drama

As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood... See full summary »

Director: Margreth Olin | Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Gunilla Röör, Antti Reini, Benjamin Helstad

Votes: 773

Norwegian submission for the 83rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.



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