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Norway has picked a disaster movie, Roar Uthaug‘s The Wave, to represent its country in the 2016 race for best foreign-language Oscar.
The feature beat out other short-list candidates, including Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick and Returning Home from Henrik Martin Dahisbakken, to be named Norway’s official Oscar hopeful.
The Wave is based on real-life events: On April 7, 1934, a tsunami hit the Norwegian town of Trafjord, killing 40 people. The film replays a similar situation in the present day.
The Wave has been a box office hit at home, selling nearly 140,000 tickets, a huge figure for the small Nordic nation. The Wave will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
After Oct. 1, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will publish its own shortlist for the final nominations, which will be announced on Jan. 14, 2016. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 28, 2016.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg‘s Kon-Tiki was the last Norwegian film, in 2012, to receive an Oscar nomination in the foreign-language category. The country has never won an Oscar.
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