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Denmark is putting its weight behind Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy in the foreign-language Oscar category.
The Danish director is known for his strong autobiographical work, and this film can be considered his most personal film to date.
Based on Malmros’ own life, the film tells the story of Johannes and his schoolteacher wife, Signe, who are hit with one of the worst tragedies that any family could imagine. Signe, in a psychotic fit, has killed the couple’s young child. The couple tries to find a reason to keep on living and loving. Sorrow and Joy stars Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Nicolas Bro and Ida Dwinger.
The film premiered at the Rome Film Festival last year, and Malmros was praised for his courage in revealing such a harrowing tale from his own life.
The selection committee was composed of the Danish Film Institute and local industry groups. Sorrow and Joy beat out two other shortlisted films: Niels Arden Oplev’s Speed Walking and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love.
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