Four of Film i Väst’s co-productions has been selected as their countries Oscar submissions for the 2020 Best International Feature Film.
– It is fantastic that films co-produced by Film i Väst are not only hugely successful at the international festivals, but receiving great recognition at home too. We are also very proud of the fact that the films were either shot or postproduced in Västra Götaland, says Peter Possne, Head of Production at Film i Väst
The four co-productions are:
- Romania: Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers. Postproduced in Göteborg. In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest), a corrupt cop — under surveillance while participating in a mob plot in the Canary Islands — must communicate with his accomplices in an indigenous language based on whistling. Nominated Palme d’Or, Cannes. Masters in Toronto International Film Festival.
- Iceland: Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day.Postproduced in Göteborg. The powerful new film by Hlynur Pálmason (Winter Brothers) centres on a grieving police officer in rural Iceland (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, winner Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award in Cannes) who turns his vengeful sights on a neighbour he suspects may have had an affair with his now-deceased wife. Nominated Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Contemporary World Cinema in Toronto International Film Festival. Nominated Nordic Council Film Award.
- Norway: Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses is about a grieving widower moves to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past. Nominated Golden Berlin Bear, winning Silver Berlin Bear Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Rasmus Viedbæk).
- Colombia: Colombian director Alejandro Lande’s Monos. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow. Nominated Best Feature Film (Teddy) at the Berlinale and won World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award in Sundance.