Sweden, Denmark, Finland announce nat'l award pix
Film orgs in Sweden, Denmark and Finland have announced nominations for their countries’ national film awards.Sweden’s entry for a foreign-lingo Oscar nom, “Lilja 4-Ever,” scooped nominations in every category of the territory’s Golden Bugs film awards on Wednesday. Helmer Lukas Moodysson’s tale of a Russian girl forced into prostitution in Sweden, was nominated for picture, director, actress (Oksana Akinsjina), actor (Artiom Bogutjarskij), script (Moodysson) and cinematography (Ulf Brantas). Kjell Sundvall’s comedy “The Guy in the Grave Next Door” received five noms and Richard Hobert’s “Everyone Loves Alice” four nons. Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tennenbaums” and Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past” will vie for foreign film kudos at the awards, which will be announced Feb. 3. The same day the Danish Film Academy announced five noms for feature prize: Susanne Bier’s “Open Hearts,” Jesper W Nielsen’s “Okay,” Ole Bornedal’s “I Am Dina,” Helle Ryslinge’s “Halalabad Blues” and Nils Malmros’ “Facing the Truth”. “Open Hearts,” produced by Vibeke Windeløv for Zentropa Entertainments, and “Okay”, from Angel Films’ producer Peter Bech, lead the race with nine nominations each for a Robert statuette, the country’s version of an Oscar. The winners will be announced result Feb. 2. In Finland all ten features premièred in 2002 won at least one nomination for the Jussi Awards, which will be given out at a televised Helsinki gala on Jan. 19. Matti Ijäs’ “Blue Corner” topped the list with nine noms, missing out in best film category. Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past” got seven noms.