The Scandinavians Are Taking Over

25-05 2011


Some months ago, Susanne Bier’s In a Better World ('Hævnen') written by Anders Thomas Jensen won an Academy Award.

Now two out of three finalists for the prestigious Student Academy Award (Foreign Student Film category) are Scandinavian!
Karzan Kader from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Dramatiska Institutet) is nominated for his film
Bekas (co-written with Piotr Marciniak) and Linn-Jeanethe Kyed from the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer is nominated for Tuba Atlantic directed by Hallvar Witzø.

52 participants from 32 countries have been nominated, but only Sweden, Germany and Norway will be competing for the Foreign Student Film Award on the 11th of June. The ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. It is worth mentioning that past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive a total of 43 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. 

The two Scandinavian entries are very different films indeed, but they both center on the dream image of America:

Bekas (Sweden 2010, 29 min.) takes place in Iraq in the early 90’s. Saddam Hussein's regime has put great pressure on the Kurdish part of the country. Two homeless Kurdish boys get a glimpse of Superman in the city's first cinema, and they start to dream of America – the home of their hero with unlimited powers.
As they are evicted from their hiding place and chased away from the city, the dream becomes their only choice. 
Read more about Bekas here.

Tuba Atlantic (Norway 2010, 25 min
.) is a dark comedy about the seventy-year-old Oskar, who is told that he has only six days left to live. Faced with imminent death he wants to put things right with his brother who lives in the US. Inger, a public death angel, is sent out to help Oskar through his remaining days. A huge horn stands at the edge of the sea, built by the brothers when they were kids. Will its sound cross the Atlantic? Read more about Tuba Atlantic here.