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Tobias Lindholm To Launch ‘The Investigation’ About Murder Of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall

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Tobias Lindholm To Launch ‘The Investigation’ About Murder Of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall
Tobias Lindholm, director of 2016 Oscar nominee A War, is set to write and helm crime series The Investigation. Based on the probe into the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, the drama is being developed by Miso Film, Denmark’s TV2 and TV4 and Sweden’s C More.

The six-part series centers on the Copenhagen Police and its Head of Homicide, Jens Møller’s investigation and follows the methodical, unusual and technical work that enabled them to solve Wall’s murder. The case has been in the headlines this year after entrepreneur Peter Madsen was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in April, following a widely publicized trial.

Wall was a Swedish freelance journalist who went missing in 2017 after boarding Madsen’s submarine to interview him. The sub put out a distress call and sunk on the morning of August 11. Madsen was rescued and initially claimed to have let Wall
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'Borgen,' 'Mindhunter' Writer Tobias Lindholm to Adapt Kim Wall Murder Investigation as Miniseries

'Borgen,' 'Mindhunter' Writer Tobias Lindholm to Adapt Kim Wall Murder Investigation as Miniseries
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) has signed on to write and direct The Investigation, a Scandinavian crime series based on the real-life investigation into the killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, the victim of the so-called "submarine murder."

Wall, a freelance journalist, was brutally killed and then dismembered while reporting on entrepreneur Peter Madsen and his midget submarine. After an exhaustive investigation by Jens Moller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, Madsen was eventually convicted of Wall's murder.

Denmark's Miso Film will develop The Investigation as a six-part miniseries and produce it ...
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Sundance-Winning ‘The Guilty’ Picked by Denmark for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

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Gustav Möller’s thriller “The Guilty” which won Sundance’s Audience Award in World Cinema, has been selected as Denmark’s official Oscar entry for best foreign language film.

Möller’s feature debut, “The Guilty” takes place over the course of a single night and centers on police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) who has just been demoted to desk work and answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. The film follows Asger’s race against time to save the woman with the phone as his only tool.

On top of Sundance, “The Guilty” played at New Directors/New Films, as well as Seattle where it won Best Director and the Audience Award, and Rotterdam where it won the Audience Award. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on Oct.19 in 25 markets, including New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.

Represented in international markets by TrustNordisk,
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14 Blockbusters and Studio Films to See This Season, From ‘Venom’ to ‘Creed 2’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Many More

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This week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual fall preview, including the very best indie movies coming out this year, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even some blockbuster fare that will please the most discerning viewers. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer. Be sure to check out our list of indie gems and festival favorites to see this season, too.

A Simple Favor” (September 14)

Paul Feig has spent much of this decade directing films written by and starring women. Yet “A Simple Favor,” his latest example, hinges on more danger and intrigue than his signature comedies. Oscar and Tony nominee Anna Kendrick portrays Stephanie, a “mommy blogger” who idolizes, then befriends fellow parent Emily (Blake Lively), her glamorous, nonchalant opposite. Emily goes Mia after asking Stephanie to retrieve her son from school. Police locate what
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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’

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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are in talks to star in the thriller “The Good Nurse.”

The movie, which has been in development at Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures since 2016, centers on the serial killer/nurse Charles Cullen. Redmayne would portray Cullen and Chastain would play a nurse who helped track down Cullen after he killed as many as 40 patients before being arrested in 2003.

Bron Studios will produce and release the pic through Lionsgate.

“The Good Nurse,” based on the book by Charles Graeber, will be adapted by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm has been attached to direct the project for the past two years.

Redmayne, who won the best actor Oscar for “The Theory of Everything,” will seen be next as Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Chastain starred in “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut. She will appear in the X-Men
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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne Nearing Deals For Serial Killer Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’

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Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne Nearing Deals For Serial Killer Thriller ‘The Good Nurse’
Exclusive: Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are in advanced negotiations to star in The Good Nurse, a thriller based on the book by Charles Graeber and scripted by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Tobias Lindholm is set to make his English-language feature directing debut. Bron Studios, run by Aaron L. Gilbert, has come aboard to finance and will release through Lionsgate. Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa is producing as well.

The pic tells the true story of the pursuit and capture of Charlie Cullen, a nurse who is regarded as one of the most prolific serial killers in history. Now called “Angel of Death,” Cullen was a married father who was thought to be a responsible caretaker, but his secret compulsion to take life led to his implication in the deaths of as many as 300 patients over 16 years, spread across nine hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Redmayne will play Cullen, who was caught
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Movie Review – Lean on Pete (2018)

Lean on Pete, 2018.

Written and Directed by Andrew Haigh

Starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Thomas Mann, Amy Seimetz, Lewis Pullman, and Alison Elliott

Synopsis:

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Structurally, Lean on Pete will go down as one of the most unpredictable features of the year, meaning plot details will be left more vague than usual in this glowing review. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin from 45 Years writer and director Andrew Haigh, the story about a boy and his best friend horse places the titular equine as the co-lead major character to be expected, but also subverts narrative thought processes in order to express that this is ultimately Charley’s harshly depicted coming-of-age story. Played by Charlie Plummer who turns in a revelatory performance
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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto

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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto
Exclusive: Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) are joining the cast of Lone Scherfig’s latest movie, I can reveal. The movie is now underway in Toronto and will soon head to Copenhagen and New York.

As previously announced, Andrea Riseborough (Death Of Stalin), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) also star in the ensemble piece from the One Day and Their Finest filmmaker, who has also written the script. The project was previously announced as Secrets From The Russian Tea Room but the film is currently untitled as the filmmakers consider another name.

UK sales outfit HanWay has world sales rights with finance on the movie coming from Ingenious Media and Apollo Media. I can also reveal today that Entertainment One will distribute in Canada and Sf Studios in Scandinavia. Principal photography started in Toronto on March 23.

The movie,
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A War is Coming in trailers for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow midseason premiere ‘Daddy Darhkest’

With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3 set to return this evening with ‘Daddy Darhkest’, The CW has released two new trailers for its midseason premiere which you can watch here…

See Also: Constantine returns in promo images for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 10 – ‘Daddy Darhkest’

See Also: Follow all of our DC’s Legends of Tomorrow coverage here

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Mondays on The CW in the Us and on Wednesdays on Sky One in the UK.

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DC does disco in promo images for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 11 – ‘Here I Go Again’

The CW has released a batch of promotional images for the eleventh episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3, entitled ‘Here I Go Again’ which sees the Legends travelling to the 1970’s and donning their finest disco garb; check them out here…

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After the team returns from a mission, Zari (Tala Ashe) finds herself trapped in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again. Zari soon begins to suspect that the answer to stop what is happening might lie hidden among her fellow shipmates’ secrets. But in investigating them she starts to understand her place on the team.

See Also: Follow all of our DC’s Legends of Tomorrow coverage here

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Mondays on The CW in the Us and
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A War is Coming in the new trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3

With a little under two weeks to go until the midseason premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3, The CW has released a new trailer for the superhero series, entitled ‘A War is Coming’; check it out here…

See Also: Constantine returns in promo images for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 10 – ‘Daddy Darhkest’

See Also: Follow all of our DC’s Legends of Tomorrow coverage here

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Mondays on The CW in the Us and on Wednesdays on Sky One in the UK.

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'Toni Erdmann' among Lux Film Prize finalists

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Audience winner also revealed in Karlovy Vary.

The films selected for the 10th anniversary edition of the European Parliament’s Lux Film Prize have been revealed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff).

At a packed event hosted at Karlovy Vary’s Hotel Pupp on Sunday (July 3), the 10 films were unveiled by Michaela Šojdrová, vice-chair of the committee on culture and education, Martina Dlabajová, vice-chair of the committee on budgetary control, Julie Ward and Bogdan Wenta, members of the committee on culture and education and Doris Pack, Lux Film Prize Coordinator.

The films are:

As I Open My Eyes (A Peine j’Ouvre Les Yeux), Leyla Bouzid (Fra-Tun-Bel-uae)A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister (UK)Letters From War (Cartas da Guerra), Ivo M Ferreira (Por)A War (Krigen), Tobias Lindholm (Den)Things To Come (L’avenir), Mia Hansen-Løve (Fra-Ger)Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia), Paolo Virzi (Ita-Fra)My Life As A Courgette (Ma Vie De Courgette), [link
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Sydney ’16: A, War review

Sydney ’16: A, War review: A subtle yet powerfully honest tale about the consequences of decisions made in war torn Afghanistan

A must see movie that lingers long after the credits roll. A, War review direct from this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

The immensely talented writer and director Tobias Lindholm – who incidentally wrote the screenplays for the Oscar nominated The Hunt and the soon to be released The Commune with fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg – reunites for the third time with Pilou Asbæk in his Academy Award nominated film A, War (Krigen).

Set in a remote military outpost in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Lindholm once again takes a humanist approach to addressing his themes of home as a war-zone, compromising morality, and the consequences difficult decision-making. There is no right or wrong in A, War, no winners. Instead, Lindholm and DoP Magnus Nordenhof Jønck visualise and express a brutal
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Review: A War, A Classic No-Win Scenario

Battles are never won; at best, they are only survived. In each of his first three films, writer/director Tobias Lindholm has tackled familiar subjects; each film has also featured Pilou Asbaek in the lead role. Lindholm collaborated with Michael Noer to explore prison life in R (2010), set sail to tackle terrorism at sea in A Hijacking (2012), and now has gone to battle in A War (originally titled Krigen), which has earned an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film. A Hijacking was told in a terse, understated, near-documentary manner, and Lindholm takes the same approach in A War, though its initial wartime setting in Afghanistan immediately infuses the atmosphere with tension. That proves to be well-founded tension; before the soldiers in a...

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A War Movie Review

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A War Movie Review
A War (Krigen) Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: A- Director: Tobias Lindholm Written by: Tobias Lindholm Cast: Pilou, Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim, Søren Malling, Charlotte Monck, Dulfi Al-Jabouri Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/4/16 Opens: February 12, 2016 Donald Trump has said quite a few things that annoy the dwindling numbers of American people with the brains to understand politics and to cut through the B.S. of the campaigns. Trump’s most infuriating comment was that he does not admire people who are captured in war. “I prefer people who are not captured.” This was in relation to an American hero, John [ Read More ]

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A War (Krigen) movie review: the heat of battle and the cold light of day

Emotionally tense and smartly nuanced exploration of an ordinary man under extraordinary pressure; a war movie for how we have redefined war today. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Tobias Lindholm — writer and director of A Hijacking, writer of The Hunt — back with another emotionally tense exploration of ordinary men under extraordinary pressure in A War (Krigen), Denmark’s official Oscars submission for Best Foreign Language Film and now on the shortlist for a nomination. Claus (Pilou Asbaek: Lucy) commands a company of soldiers in Afghanistan, pushing back against the Taliban but with a frustrating mandate to minimize involvement with the locals, even when they flat-out ask for help. And often, even protecting his own men proves impossible, when a single misstep can set off an Ied and turn a routine patrol into a medical emergency.
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Top 25 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

Fascinating is the best way to describe the process by which the final five nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film are selected. Each year dozens of countries send their Oscar hopeful to Hollywood for AMPAS to consider. This work should, at least in theory, be the best representation of the national cinematic achievements of that year. This usually makes for a crowded field of storytelling marvels.

Since each country, via its national film academy or a special cultural committee, can only submit one candidate, there are always “snubs” even at the selections stage. These often happens because a film doesn’t meet the requirements or simply because the selecting body didn’t regard them as highly. While there are numerous detractors regarding AMPAS rule of only one entry per country, in a sense this helps level the playfield given that smaller territories might have very choices in comparison to European powerhouses. The other perspective argues that because of this process sometimes the real standouts don’t get a chance to compete.

Once a film becomes the official entry the next, and most arduous step, is to get into the 9-film shortlist. Six of them are chosen by popular within the AMPAS’ Foreign Language Film committee and the other three by an executed committee. These nine finalists are then watched by 30 randomly selected members from different Academy branches over one weekend. This is where the five nominees are chosen. This year 80 accepted submissions (noting that Afghanistan’s entry was disqualified) are vying for the trophy, and that means that 75 of the world’s best films will have to cherish the exposure given by process.

Nevertheless, making the shortlist is more than a commendable feat itself. This list will be revealed next week, and though there are always unexpected surprises, there are of course a few favorites and films that have garnered lots of positive attention throughout the season. After watching over three quarters out of the colossal list of entries in contention I’d like to share my observations on the 25 films that seem like the strongest bets to make the coveted shortlist and eventually become Academy Award nominees. Granted, other films could easily sneak in if they manage to impress the right people, but I feel confident that most of those that will advance will come from the least below.

Argentina

"The Clan" (El Clan)

Dir. Pablo Trapero

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Fox International

Trapero’s sordid crime drama based on the real life story of the Puccio family, which became national news when authorities discovered they were behind a series of kidnapping and murders, is a compelling work that uses Argentina’s historical context as backdrop. . Almodovar’s El Deseo, the company behind the Oscar-nominated “Wild Tales”, produced the film.

Read More: 'The Clan Wins' Audience Award At Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival’s Gems

Austria

"Goodnight Mommy" (Ich seh, ich seh)

Dirs. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz

Isa: Films Distribution

U.S. Distribution: Radius-twc

One of the most daring selections is also one the most acclaimed horror films of the year. This art house chiller confronts a pair of mischievous twin boys with their convalescent mother who recently underwent a facial surgery. The thematic and aesthetic elegance that co-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz employed elevates “Goodnight Mommy” beyond the usual gruesome fare.

Belgium

"The Brand New Testament" (Le tout nouveau testament)

Dir. Jaco Van Dormael

Isa: Le Pacte

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

This fantastical take on religion is yet another unique vision from director Jaco Van Dormael, the filmmaker behind such films as “Mr. Nobody.” With a humorous tone, “The Brand New Testament” explores what would happen if God himself lived in a regular apartment in Brussels pretending to be a mortal and finding pleasure in the little things that annoy human life - all of which are orchestrated by him.

Brazil

"The Second Mother" (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Dir. Anna Muylaert

Isa: The Match Factory

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Pictures

Anna Muylaert’s crowd-pleasing, yet thematically complex gem delves into the intricacies of class in Brazilian society through the eyes of an endearing live-in maid. Regina Casé, in an Oscar-worthy performance, becomes Val, a diligent and humble housekeeper that has worked with the same wealthy family in Sao Paulo for many years and who only questions her role within this environment when her strange daughter comes to visit.

Read More: Anna Muylaert on Why the Protagonist of 'The Second Mother' is a Super Hero

Canada

"Felix & Meira"

Dir. Maxime Giroux

Isa: Urban Distribution International

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Laboratories

A clandestine romance and the yoke of religion are at the center of Maxime Giroux’s delicate debut feature. Meira (Hadas Yaron is a Hasidic woman who feels trapped by the expectations and limitations imposed her, but when she meets Felix (Martin Dubreuil), a secular man who is equally lost, her vision of the world widens.

Rea More: 'Felix and Meira' Director Maxime Giroux on Understanding Hasidim and Quebecois Isolation

Chile

"The Club" (El Club)

Dir. Pablo Larraín

Isa: Funny Balloons

U.S. Distribution: Music Box Films

Larrain's latest work follows a group of priests and nuns who live in an isolated beachside town after committing a score of heinous crimes. Though they have the church's protection, there are people out there who are not willing to let impunity prevail. Magnificently written and acted, this dark and piercing drama ranks up there with the director’s best work

Colombia

"Embrace of the Serpent" (El Abrazo de la Serpiente)

Dir. Ciro Guerra

Isa: Films Boutique

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Strikingly beautiful and laced with poetic mysticism, Ciro Guerra’s most accomplished work to date follows the journey of two European explores at particular times in history as they are guided through the Amazon by Karamakate, an imposing local shaman man who is wary of their intentions.

Czech Republic

"Home Care" (Domácí péce)

Dir. Slávek Horák

Isa: M-Appeal

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

This very low-key dramedy from first-time director Slávek Horák about a a middle-aged home care nurse, who not only has to look after her patients but also her own family, hasn’t had as much exposure as other films on this list; however, the quality of the performances and the nuanced screenplay have resonated with those who have seen it.

Denmark

"A War" (Krigen)

Dir. Tobias Lindholm

Isa: Studiocanal

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Director Tobias Lindholm follow up to “A Hijacking,” blends gritty action with a courtroom drama in a searing study on guilt and the collateral damage of armed conflicts from the point of view of conflicted family man and company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk). Subtle observations and intricate moral complexity are once again Lindholm's greatest strengths.

Estonia

"1944"

Dir. Elmo Nüganen

Isa: Eyewell Ab

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

After earning its first-ever Academy Award nomination earlier this year, the Eastern European country returns to the race with an impressive historical epic about Estonian soldiers fighting on different sides against their own. The film was directed, who starred in the Oscar-nominated “Tangerines.”

Finland

"The Fencer" (Miekkailija)

Dir. Klaus Härö

Isa: The Little Film Company

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö takes on an Estonian story about a professional fencer who becomes a physical education teacher in his homeland after leaving Russia to escape the Kgb. This classically executed and elegant period drama offers uplifting moments, romance, and exquisite cinematography.

France

"Mustang"

Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Isa: Kinology

U.S. Distribution: Cohen Media Group

Through traditional gender roles and expectations in Turkish society, adults attempt to tame the blossoming womanhood in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's five teenage protagonists. Delicately shot and cast to perfection, this peculiar coming-of-ager is an empowering breath of fresh air that honors freedom and femininity in equal measures.

Read More: 'Mustang' Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven on Femininity in Cinema and French Multiculturalism

Germany

"Labyrinth of Lies" (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli

Isa: Beta Cinema

U.S. Distribution: Sony Pictures Classics

In the aftermath of WWII German authorities and the majority of the population refused to acknowledge the magnitude of their involvement in the Holocaust until a driven young prosecutor begins uncovering the truth. Ricciarelli film is a compelling historical drama with a fantastic lead performance by Alexander Fehling at its core.

Read More: Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli and Star Alexander Fehling on the Historical Relevance of 'Labyrinth of Lies' and Germany's Open Wound

Guatemala

"Ixcanul"

Dir. Jayro Bustamante

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Kino Lorber

Bustamante’s Silver Bear-winning ethereal masterpiece in indigenous language is an intimate look at the lives of the country’s Mayan population. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl destined to an arranged marriage, this marvelously photographed film speaks of tradition, modernity, mysticism, male chauvinism, and cultural isolation.

Read More: 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women and Guatemala's Indigenous Majority

Hungary

"Son of Saul" (Saul fia)

Dir. László Nemes

Isa: Films Distribution

U.S. Distribution: Sony Pictures Classics

By far the most incredible debut of the year and one of the best films about the Holocaust ever made, this year’s Grand Prix winner takes the viewer inside the Nazi killing machine from the perspective of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish men chosen to carry out all horrific manual labor within the gas chambers. Immersive and devastating, Nemes' stunner is a powerful cinematic statement.

Iceland

"Rams" (Hrútar)

Dir. Grímur Hákonarson

Isa: New Europe Film Sales

U.S. Distribution: Cohen Media Group

A humorous look at brotherhood and pastoral life, this Un Certain Regard-winning dark comedy pays homage to the importance of sheep in the Icelandic cultural identity. When a disease wipes out the entire town’s flock, two estrange siblings, who haven’t spoken to each other in decades, are forced to collaborate in order to save their livelihood.

Ireland

"Viva"

Dir. Paddy Breathnach

Isa: Mongrel International

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Jesus, a young gay man in Havana, only finds relief from his daily struggles when he transforms into a drag performer in front of an eager audience, but when his macho father returns after decades away his dreams are jeopardized. This Irish production set in Cuba is a delightful work that thrives on authenticity and emotionally layered performances.

Read More:'Viva' Director Paddy Breathnach on Making an Irish Film in Cuba and Visceral Transformation

Jordan

"Theeb" (ذيب)

Dir. Naji Abu Nowar

Isa: Fortissimo Films

U.S. Distribution: Film Movement

Adapting the sensibilities of classic Westerns into a uniquely Middle Eastern setting, this period piece touches on the complicated relationship between the region and the colonial powers via the experiences of a young Bedouin boy who embarks on a mission across the desert. Top-notch filmmaking that twists conventions to depict a singular worldview.

Mexico

"600 Miles" (600 Millas)

Dir. Gabriel Ripstein

Isa: Ndm

U.S. Distribution: Pantelion Films

By focusing on two characters from opposite sides of the border, Gabriel Ripstein’s debut Starring Tim Roth delves into the U.S/Mexico conflictive, yet unavoidable codependency and share responsibility in the fight against organized crime. Guns are at the center of this realist tale in which everyone’s morality is tinged with shades of grey.

The Netherlands

"The Paradise Suite"

Dir. Joost van Ginkel

Isa: Media Luna New Films

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

In this profound multi-narrative film the tumultuous stories of characters from diverse latitudes collide in Amsterdam in unexpected and heartbreaking ways. An Eastern European girl dragged into prostitution, an African man desperate to stay afloat, a war criminal in disguise, a woman seeking revenge, and famous musician and his son struggling to connect, all, in their own way, looking fro redemption.

Norway

"The Wave" (Bølgen)

Dir. Roar Uthaug

Isa: TrustNordisk

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Besides its spectacular, Hollywood-worthy visual effects, what sets this Scandinavian disaster movie apart from less sophisticated American efforts is its interesting character development. While the chaos and destruction on screen is an exhilarating feast, the human aspect is never forgotten and it’s crucial to the Norwegian specificity of the plot.

Romania

"Aferim!"

Dir. Radu Jude

Isa: Beta Cinema

U.S. Distribution: Big World Pictures

Thematically fascinating and visually impeccable, this black-and-white historical adventure set in the early 19th century solidifies Romanian cinema as one of the most exciting and innovative currents in Europe. Radu Jude’s film centers on the mostly unknown history of Gypsy slavery and how this shaped Romanian society by using a tragicomic tone and timeless aesthetics.

Spain

"Flowers" (Loreak)

Dirs. Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Music Box Films

The country’s firs Basque-language entry is a soft-spoken drama that juxtaposes the grieving processes of three women after the tragic death of man that touched their lives directly and indirectly. Unpretentious in its concept, yet unexpectedly philosophical, the power of the narrative lies on the actresses that flourish and decay in varying degrees throughout the film.

Sweden

"A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron)

Dir. Roy Andersson

Isa: Coproduction Office (Paris)

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

As brilliant as anything Andersson has ever created, the final chapter in his trilogy about the absurdity of what it means to be human is one of the most unconventional cinematic experiences in recent memory. Without the constraints of la traditional plot, this nonlinear treasure uses clever vignettes to talk about death, humor, and the mundane things that define our existence.

Read More: 7 Reasons Why Roy Andersson's Latest Film is a Must-See Philosophical Wonder

Taiwan

"The Assassin" (聶隱娘)

Dir. Hsiao-hsien Hou

Isa: Wild Bunch

U.S. Distribution: Well Go USA Entertainment

Armed with breathtaking cinematography, lavish costumes and production design, and an ancient legend about betrayal and retribution, master Hsiao-hsien Hou obliterates our expectations and delivers a one-of-a-kind martial arts epic that’s more concerned with sensory transcendence than narrative clarity, but is no less of an enthralling experience because of it.
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Go behind the scenes of ‘A War’ in this five minute exclusive featurette

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We’ve been given this brand new an exclusive featurette for A War (or original Danish title Krigen), the new movie from Writer / Director Tobias Lindholm. A War stars Pilou Asbaek who appeared in ‘Borgen’ and the brilliant ‘A Hijaking’ and is set to appear in the new season of Game of Thrones and is

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Denmark Picks Tobias Lindholm's Searing Drama 'A War' as Oscar Entry

The Danish Film Institute announced this morning that Tobias Lindholm's "A War" (Krigen) will be the country's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88the Academy Awards. The film was selected from a 3-film shortlist that also included Anders Thomas Jensen's "Men and Chicken" and Joshua Oppenheimer's  "The Look of Silence." 

This is Lindholm's followup to his highly acclaimed debut "A Hijacking," and follows a group of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan and the morally complex decisions they face while in a war zone. Pilou Asbæk's lead performance and Lindholm's incredible talent to create compelling and challenging human narratives around divisive issues have garnered critical acclaim. The film premiered at the most recent Venice Film Festival. 

The official synopsis for the film describes it as follows: "Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home."

International sales are being handled by Studiocanal. Magnolia Pictures has U.S. rights. 

Denmark was last nominated in the category back in 2014 with Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," a film that Lindholm co-wrote. The last time the Scandinavian nation won the award was back in 2011 with Susanne Bier's "In a Better World." 
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Joshua Oppenheimer, Tobias Lindholm, & Anders Thomas Jensenn Vie to Represent Denmark at the Oscars

The Danish Film Institute has announced a shortlist of three films in the running to become the Scandinavian country’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language category. But this is not an ordinary selection of films and there is also not a clear favorite despite what might seem like an obvious choice.

Each of these films includes some of the most important talents within the Danish film industry today and as a group they showcase an impressive range of subjects and styles. Their selection also represents a decisive position on the part of the Danish Film Institute to focus on creators with unique perspectives in a year that saw films from two of the nation’s most successful filmmakers. Susanne Bier’s divisive “A Second Chance” and Bille August “Silent Heart” could have easily occupied two of the slots in the shortlist. Both directors have won the Academy Award and have established careers abroad, yet this year those outstanding qualifications were overlooked in favor of new daring visions.

Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," Tobias Lindholm's "A War," and Anders Thomas Jensenn "Men and Chicken," form this impressive trio that will surely make the decision-making process a challenging one because this is a fantastic lineup to choose from.

The Danish Film Institute will announce its final selection on September 23.

Here’s a closer look at the Danish candidates

"Men and Chicken" (Mænd & høns)

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen

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U.S. Distribution: Drafthouse Films

Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen focused on writing screenplays for an entire decade putting his directorial abilities aside during that time. Jensen has penned the screenplays for some of the most acclaimed Danish film in recent memory as part of his close relationship with Susanne Bier: “Brothers,” “After the Wedding,” “In a Better World,” and her latest, “A Second Chance.” But the fact that he is behind all of these morally complex dramas doesn’t mean he can’t be as successful in the comedic realm. Dark comedy “Men Chicken” is his first effort behind the camera since 2005 and appears to be a promising return. This film centers on two brothers discovering their family’s disturbing secret and exposing their true colors. It stars Dane superstar Mads Mikkelsen, which is of course a marvelous asset. “Men and Chicken” has just been picked up by Drafthouse Films out of Tiff

"A War" (Krigen)

Dir. Tobias Lindholm

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U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

With his sophomore effort, “A Hijacking,” Tobias Lindholm demonstrated an extraordinary ability for crafting searing tension and compelling human drama. And while that film propelled his career as a director, the talented filmmaker had already made a name for himself as a close collaborator of another Danish auteur: Thomas Vinterberg. Lindholm co-wrote “Submarino,” the Oscar-nominated “The Hunt,” and the upcoming film “The Commune.” Following a troubled Danish soldier in Afghanistan, his third feature “A War,” was well received by critics after premiering in Venice last week, and has just opened theatrically in its homeland. Like Lindholm’s previous work, his latest will also be distributed in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures. “A War's” relevant themes, Lindholm’s dominance of intimate tragedy in the midst of greater conflict, and Pilou Asbæk presence make it a fascinating option.

"The Look of Silence"

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer

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U.S. Distribution: Drafthouse Films

With scores of awards and unanimously considered a masterpiece, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the “The Act of Killing” could be considered the frontrunner among these three films. Despite being a documentary about a terrifying chapter in Indonesian history directed by an American filmmaker, the film qualifies because it’s a Danish production, and, while not in Danish, it’s in a language other that English. “The Look of Silence” is one of the best films of the year and should take all the honors dedicated to documentaries - including the Academy Award, which Oppenheimer also deserved for “The Act of Killing” - but the road in the Best Foreign Language Film category could be much harder. Documentaries rarely get nominated for that award even though multiple countries select a non-fiction piece as their submission every year. The last documentary to achieve such feat was “The Missing Picture."

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