The Swedish Film Institute has nominated Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) to represent Sweden in this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie based on Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel became the third-highest-grossing domestic film in Swedish history after its December 2015 premiere, and Music Box Films is releasing it the U.S. on September 30.

The pic centers on Ove, a grumpy yet loveable man who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. The English-language version of Backman’s book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 30 weeks.

Producer SF Studios is currently prepping to shoot another Backman adaptation, Britt-Marie Was Here, to shoot next year.

Here’s the list of countries who have announced selections to date:



  • 2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions

  • AustraliaTanna – Bentley Dean/Martin Butler
    Belgium – The Ardennes – Robin Pront
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaDeath in Sarajevo – Danis Tanović
  • CroatiaOn The Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
  • CubaThe Companion – Pavel Giroud
  • EgyptClash – Mohamed Diab
  • GeorgiaHouse Of Others – Rusudan Glurjidze
  • GermanyToni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  • HungaryKills On Wheels – Atilla Till
  • RomaniaSieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  • Saudi ArabiaBarakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
  • South Korea – The Age of Shadows
  • SwedenA Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
  • SwitzerlandMy Life As A Courgette – Claude Barras
  • VenezuelaFrom Afar – Lorenzo Vigas