Norway, Sweden, Turkey and Tunisia have chosen Film i Väst co-productions as their Oscar submissions in the category Best Foreign Language Film. The four films are Iram Haq’s What Will People Say, Ali Abbasi’s Border, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree and Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Beast.
– 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 two of the films were shot in Västra Götaland, says Peter Possne, Production Manager at Film i Väst
- Norway has nominated Iram Haq’s What Will People Say, a national box office success. The film premiered in Toronto in 2017. It was partly shot in Västra Götaland. Producer: Mer Film in collaboration with Zentropa Sweden.
- Sweden has nominated Ali Abbasi’s Border. The film won Un Certain Regard in Cannes and was also shown in Toronto. Border is adapted for the screen from a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of Let Me In). The film was predominantly shot in Västra Götaland. Audio and final mix: Cloudberry. Producer: Meta Spark & Kärnfilm.
- Turkey has nominated The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or in Cannes and has been shown in Toronto. Post-production in West of Sweden (Chimney, Enric Production).
- Tunisia has nominated Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Beast. The film competed in Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2017. Producer: Cinetelefilms (TN), Tanit Films (FR), Laika Film & Television, Chimney and Film i Väst.