Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” is set to represent Norway in the foreign)language Academy Awards’ race.
Pic will play in the Masters sidebar at the Toronto film fest.
“1001 Grams stands out with a clear international profile – in Hamer’s unique way it depicts sorrow, love and the small and big challenges of life,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Norwegian Oscar Committee and runs the Norwegian Film Institute. “It is a compelling addition to Hamer’s impressive filmography that has previously represented Norway internationally.”
Pic marks Hamer’s third submission for the Oscars, following “Kitchen Stories” (“Salmer fra kjøkkenet) in 2003 and “O’Horten” in 2007.
Sold by Paris-based Les Films du Losange, “1001 Grams” stars Ane Dahl-Torp as a recently divorced, work-obsessed woman scientist in her late 30s, who travels to Paris to attend a seminar about the actual weight of the kilogram. While there, she falls in love with a French colleague.
Dahl-Torp stars opposite Stein Winge, Per Christian Ellefsen, Laurent Stocker and Hildegunn Riise.
Hamer penned and produced via his own shingle, BulBul Film, along with a pair of leading European arthouse outfits: France’s Slot Machine and Germany’s Pandora Filmproduktion.
“1001 Grams” will open Bergen film fest on Sept .23, before its domestic release, handled by Norsk Filmdistribusjon, on Sept. 26.
Les Films du Losange, which will shop the movie at Toronto, is the company behind Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning “Amour.”
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.