PARIS — Erik Poppe’s “The King’s Choice” is set to represent Norway in the race for foreign-language-film Oscar nominations.
Written by Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, “The King’s Choice” is set during the German invasion of Norway in 1940. The historical drama stars Danish actor Jesper Christensen as King Haakon VII, who refused to surrender to the Germans at all costs.
“‘The King’s Choice’ tells of a dramatic event for us as a nation, but also examines a part of history that affected large parts of the world. With its engaging themes and strong cinematic qualities I am sure we have a great candidate in the race,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Oscar committee and heads the Norwegian Film Institute.
“The King’s Choice” was produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae. Nordisk Film Distribusjon will handle the release on Sep. 23. Beta Cinema is handling international sales.
Two other features were considered by the Norwegian Oscar committee: Erik Skjoldbjærg’s “The Pyromaniac” and Rune Denstad Langlo’s “Welcome to Norway.”
Prior to “The King’s Choice,” Poppe directed the English-language drama “A Thousand Times Goodnight” with Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Oscar nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 24.