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Norway’s ‘Elling’ is Oscar entry

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Norwegian director Petter Naess’ “Elling” has been selected by the Norwegian Film Institute to represent Norway for next year’s Academy Award for foreign-language film.

Still on the local charts after 26 weeks, it has notched 740,000 admissions domestically for UIP Norway to become the most popular Norwegian film in 25 years.

Scripted by Axel Hellstenius from Ingvar Ambjornsen’s novel “Blood Brothers,” “Elling” is about a man struggling with life on the outside after two years in a psychiatric hospital.

Produced by Maipo Film and TV Produksjon’s Dag Alveberg — former managing director of the Nordic Film & TV Fund — the film stars Per Christian Ellefsen, who picked up the Nordic Grand Prix for best actor at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund.

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