Sweden Selects ‘A Man Called Ove’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

A Man Called Ove
Photo: Johan Bergmark

Swedish comedy hit “A Man Called Ove” has been selected by the Swedish Film Institute to compete for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

Based on Fredrik Backman’s New York Times best-seller and directed by Hannes Holm, “A Man Called Ove” premiered in Sweden on Christmas Day and became Sweden’s third most successful domestic film, selling an outstanding 1.7 million admissions.

“A Man Called Ove” turns on a grumpy yet loveable man who finds his solitary world turned upside down when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

“We are extremely happy and honored to represent Sweden at the Oscar’s,” said Frida Westerberg, CEO at SF Studios. “The film has been a tremendous success at the box-office and the reception it has received, not only in Sweden but also internationally makes us very proud.”

Holm said, “Together we’ve created a fantastic experience that through this decision will reach a greater audience. A Man called Ove is a story of life that is recognizable wherever there is life”

Produced by SF Studios, the movie has also been an international sales hit: It has traveled to more than 50 international markets. Music Box Films will release it in on Sept. 30 in more than 40 cities in the U.S.

“A Man Called Ove” scooped three  Guldbagge awards (Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars) for best actor, the people’s choice Award and best make-up.

The movie will also compete at the European Film Awards.

The Academy Awards gala will take place on Feb. 26.

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