STOCKHOLM — Bent Hamer’s “O’Horten” has been named Norway’s entry in the foreign-language film Oscar race.
Pic, which is a bittersweet comedy about a train driver heading into retirement, was written and produced by Hamer for Bulbur Films.
Pic made its international debut in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes fest and has since been sold by sales rep The Match Factory to more than 35 countries. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up for U.S. distribution.
Pic also is in the running for a nomination for the European Film Academy awards, to be handed out in Copenhagen Dec. 6.