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Norway has selected Roar Uthaug’s disaster movie “The Wave” to represent the Nordic country in the the foreign-language Oscar race.

An epic tale based on the 1934 Tsunami which killed 40 people in Norway’s Tafjord, “The Wave” takes place in contemporary Norway and centers around a geologist who realizes the inferno is about to hit.

“The Wave is Norway’s – and the Nordic countries’ – first disaster movie; as a genre film with a well-written script, superbly directed, with great acting performances, the committee believes that it will make an impression in the Oscar race,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Norwegian Oscar Committee and runs the Norwegian Film Institute.

Uthaug’s fourth feature, “The Wave” will world premiere at Toronto. It had its Norwegian premiere at Haugesund film festival in August and was released domestically on Aug. 28.

Produced by Martin Sundland and Are Heidenstrøm for Fantefilm Fiksjon, “The Wave” stars up and comer Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro and Fritjof Såheim.

“The Wave” was selected out of 21 Norwegian movies. The two other frontrunners were Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Returning Home” (Å vende tilbake) and Anne Sewitsky’s “Homesick” (De nærmeste).