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Danish film shortlist confirmed for Oscars

Can the flower power of ‘Kollektivet’ see off the mines of its warfare-themed rivals

Denmark is seldom an absentee (photo: DFI)
August 15th, 2016 4:59 pm| by Ben Hamilton
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Three films have been shortlisted for the Danish entry in the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2016 Oscars – a category in which Denmark boasts a brilliant recent record, having made the final five-film shortlist in four of the last six years.

Runners and riders
The films, which are selected by a seven-person committee encompassing the Danish Film Institute and the Danish movie industry, are ’Kollektivet’, ’De standhaftige’ og ’Under sandet’.

All in it to win it (photo: Christian Geisnæs)
All in it to win it (photo: Christian Geisnæs)

Thomas Vinterberg’s ’Kollektivet’, the tale of a Danish commune in 1970s Copenhagen, is the best known of the trio. Released as ‘The Commune’ in the UK in late July, it has been gathering pace in 20 countries worldwide.

An unlikely romance, an unlikelier selection? (photo: Rolf Konow)
An unlikely romance, an unlikelier selection? (photo: Rolf Konow)

In contrast, Lisa Ohlin’s romantic drama ’De standhaftige’ (‘Walk with Me’), which depicts a ballerina’s efforts to help a soldier walk again, has only been released in Denmark and Sweden.

Chances of surviving: next to zero; chances of an Oscar: better (photo: Gordon Timpen, Christian Geisnæs & Henrik Petit)
Chances of surviving: next to zero; chances of an Oscar: better (photo: Gordon Timpen, Christian Geisnæs & Henrik Petit)

Also with a wartime theme, Martin Zandvliet’s post-World War II drama ‘Under sandet’ (’Land of Mine’) follows a troop of German POWs digging up landmines laid by their own army years earlier. Despite the acclaim, it has not yet been released in any major film markets.

Plenty of mines ahead
The committee will reconvene on September 19 to choose a film, and then the Academy will select a nine-film shortlist in either December or January – a list Denmark has only failed to make once in the last six years – ahead of confirming the final shortlist on January 24.

The Oscars this year are on February 26.