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(NFI) Beware of Children: Shortlisted for Norway´s Oscar selection

Norwegian Oscar Shortlist


Norwegian Oscar shortlist: Beware of Children, Harajuku and Out Stealing Horses

Oscar 2020. The Norwegian Academy Award has shortlisted Beware of Children, Harajuku, and Out Stealing Horses for this year's Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. The final Norwegian Oscar will be announced on September 3.

Beware of Children
Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle class suburb of Oslo. 12 years old Lykke, the daughter of a celebrity Labor member, seriously injured her classmate Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician. When this happens in hospital, it becomes more difficult to make a difficult and traumatic situation worse. What it only innocent play behind? Liv, the school's principal and the secret lover of Jamie's father, must find the strength to confront a community in distress, and her own highly conflicted emotions.

Beware of Children will premiere at Venice Days on September 3 and is scheduled for release on September 13, 2019.

Written and directed by Dag Johan Haugerud and produced by Yngve Sæther for Motlys. Picture Tree International is handling international sales. Read more ...

Vilde (15) lives in Oslo but dreams of going to Tokyo's most popular neighborhood, Harajuku, where she believes vanish all her problems. This is where her cosplay fantasies take place. A few days before Christmas, reality comes knocking on her door: something happened to her mother. The blue haired girl wants to be in an emotional and defining first meeting with her dad.

The screenplay is written by Sebastian Torngren Wartin based on an idea by director Eirik Svensson. Harajuku is produced by Cornelia Boysen for Maipo. Norwegian premiere was November 23, 2018, and the international premiere in competition at Gothenburg Film Festival in February 2019. International sales is handled by Charades. Read more ...

Out Stealing Horses
November 1999. 67-year-old Trond lives in new-found solitude and looks forward to spending New Year's Eve 2000 alone. Trond's father prepared him to carry the burden of his forthcoming betrayal and disappearance in 1948, the summer he turned 15 and the summer. And so the summer Trond grew up and smelled the scent of a woman longed for. The same woman Trond's father is preparing to spend his life with.

Out Stealing Horses won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for its Cinematography at the Berlinale 2019, before Norwegian premiere on March 8, 2019.

Director Hans Petter Moland has written the screenplay based on Per Petterson's novel Out Stealing Horses. The film is produced by Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås for 4 ½ Fiksjon and international sales is handled by TrustNordisk. Read more ...

Supported by the Norwegian Film Institute
All three films are produced with grants from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Norwegian Oscars Committee 2019
The Norwegian Academy Committee, headed by CEO Sindre Guldvog.

CEO Sindre Guldvog, Norwegian Film Institute
Journalist Fashion Steinkjer, Norwegian Film Critics Associate
Editor Ingrid Mæhre, Norwegian Film Workers Union
Actress Marika Enstad, Norwegian Actors' Union
Director Ingvild Søderlind, Norwegian Film Directors Association
Screenwriter Lars Gudmestad, Writers' Guild of Norway
Morten Larssen, Norwegian Producers Association
Manager International Relations, feature film Stine Oppegaard, Norwegian Film Institute

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