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Susanne Bier, Billie August and Nikolaj Arcel Make Denmark's Oscar Shortlist

Arcel's "A Royal Affair" goes up against new features by Oscar-winners Bier and August.
Arcel's "A Royal Affair" goes up against new features by Oscar-winners Bier and August.
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The films "Love is All You Need," "Marie Kroyer" and "A Royal Affair" compete for a foreign-language nomination.

COLOGNE, Germany - Susanne Bier's modern-day romance Love is All You Need and two historic dramas -- Nikolai Arcel's A Royal Affair and Marie Kroyer from Billie August -- have made the shortlist to become Denmark's official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

A committee set up by local film industry organizations and the Danish Film Institute selected the three films and will name the final Danish Oscar candidate on September 18.

Both Bier and August are Oscar veterans. In a Better World won Bier the Best Foreign Language nod last year while August took the honor with Pele The Conqueror in 1989.

Arcel's A Royal Affair premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won honors for best screenplay and best actor for star Mikkel Boe Folsgaard. The 18th-century drama stars Mads Mikkelsen as a reform-minded doctor who becomes physician to the royal Danish court and begins an illicit affair with the Danish queen (played by Alicia Vikander).

Bier's Love Is All You Need features Pierce Brosnan and In a Better World actress Trine Dyrholm. It will premiere in competition in Venice and, along with A Royal Affair, will also screen in Toronto in September.

Marie Kroyer, the story of the marriage between the painters Marie and P.S. Krøyer, co-stars Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Soren Saetter-Lassen and marks the first Danish-language film August has shot in 25 years.

TrustNordisk is handling sales on both Love and A Royal Affair while Svensk is the world sales agent for Marie Kroyer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominations for Best Foreign Language Film on Jan. 15. The 2013 Oscar winners will be announced in Los Angeles Feb. 24.

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