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
- Australia – Tanna – Bentley Dean/Martin Butler
Belgium – The Ardennes – Robin Pront
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Death in Sarajevo – Danis Tanović
- Croatia – On The Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
- Cuba – The Companion – Pavel Giroud
- Egypt – Clash – Mohamed Diab
- Georgia – House Of Others – Rusudan Glurjidze
- Germany – Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
- Hungary – Kills On Wheels – Atilla Till
- Romania – Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
- Saudi Arabia – Barakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
- South Korea – The Age of Shadows
- Sweden – A Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
- Switzerland – My Life As A Courgette – Claude Barras
- Venezuela – From Afar – Lorenzo Vigas