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August’s ‘Beyond’ enters Oscar race

Swedish drama toplines Noomi Rapace

LONDON — Pernilla August’s directing debut “Beyond” has been selected as the Swedish entry for the Oscars.

Set in the present day and the 1970s, the film stars Noomi Rapace in a drama about a woman confronting memories of her troubled childhood. August wrote the script with Lolita Ray, based on the novel by Susanna Alakoski.

It premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where it won two awards, and has since picked up prizes at several other fests, including Sao Paolo, Lubeck and Hamburg.

It was nominated for eight Golden Bugs, Sweden’s national film awards, and won three, including best director for August.

August previously won two Golden Bugs as an actress, as well as the best actress prize at Cannes in 1992 for “The Best Intentions.” She is perhaps best known to English-speaking audiences as Anakin Skywalker’s mother in the “Star Wars” movies.

Beyond” was co-financed by the Swedish Film Institute, SVT and Finnish pubcaster YLE, with Nordisk Film as the Scandinavian distributor and TrustNordisk handling international sales. It has sold to Germany, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Romania and Israel.

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