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Sweden Chooses ‘Eat Sleep Die” As Its Foreign-Language Oscar Candidate

The Yellow Affair Has Sold Gabriela Pichler's debut in 36 Countries So Far

Gabriela Pichler’s debut “Eat Sleep Die” has been tapped to represent Sweden in the Foreign-language Oscar race.

Winner of Venice Critics’ 2012 audience nod, “Eat Sleep Die” centers on 20-year-old woman (Nermina Lukac) who lives with her father in a small village in Sweden and loses her job at a factory.

The Swedish Film Institute, which unveiled the selection of the film, described it as “an insightful, edgy piece of arthouse drama that explores themes of working class values, unemployment, immigration, and paternal love.”

Following its world-premiere at Venice, it played at a flurry of festivals, including Toronto, Busan, Warsaw and Karlovy Vary.

Lukac has also earned critical acclaim for her performance in the film, winning a number of nods. An up-and-coming thesp, Lukac was selected as a Shooting Star at this year’s Berlin fest.

Produced by Anagram Film and TV and repped by The Yellow Affair, the film has also been an international sales and local hit. It has already sold to 36 countries and won four nods (film, director, screenplay and actress) at the Swedish national film awards, the Guldbagge, in January. It’s also competing for the Nordic Council Film Prize.

The Oscars’ jury is set to announce its selection of films to compete for Best Foreign Language Film on 16 January, 2013. The awards ceremony will take place on 2 March.

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