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‘Force Majeure’ to Rep Sweden in Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure” (Turist), which world-premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and won the jury prize, will represent Sweden in the Oscar’s foreign-Language race.

The fourth feature from director-writer Ostlund, “Force Majeure” will be playing at the Toronto and Chicago film festivals. Repped by Coproduction Office, pic has also been an international sales hit picked up in 40 countries. Magnolia Pictures will distribute it in the U.S. on Oct. 24.

SEE ALSO: ‘Force Majeure’ review.

As part of its Stateside release, Magnolia will orchestrate a retrospective of Ruben Ostlund’s career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis before embarking on a three-month tour of North America.

The retrospective is produced by Comeback Co. in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S. and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.

A tragicomic tale, “Force Majeure” centers around a Swedish family weathering a crisis while on vacation at a ski resort. Pic received rave reviews in Cannes.

“Force Majeure” is led-produced by Erik Hemmendorff and Marie Kjellson for Plattform Produktion. It was backed by Swedish Film Institute. TriArt Film released it in Sweden on Aug. 15.

“Force Majeure” is the second Ostlund movie chosen to rep Sweden in the Oscar’s foreign-language race. Östlund’s “Happy Sweden” (also known as “Involuntary”) opened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and was Sweden’s Oscar submission in 2009.

The deadline to enter foreign-lingo film race is Oct. 1. The Academy will announce nominations on Jan. 15 and the awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

 

 

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