'Terribly Happy' is Denmark's Oscar pick

Oscilloscope has U.S. rights to crime story

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BERLIN -- Henrik Ruben Genz's "Terribly Happy," the award-winning drama which has drawn comparisons to the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple," is Denmark's contender for the 2010 foreign-language film Oscar.

The dark, quirky crime story, set in a small Danish village, won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary last year and cleaned up at Denmark's Bodil Awards, taking six of the 11 trophies, including best film. Oscilloscope Pictures has U.S. rights to "Terribly Happy" and an English-language remake is already in the works.

Director Genz already has one Oscar nomination to his credit for his short film "Teis & Nico" (1998).

Nominations for next year's Oscars will be announced Feb. 2. The 2010 Academy Awards will take place March 7.