You, the Living joins Oscar race
by Annika Pham
Roy Andersson’s You, the Living [+see also:
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film profile] has been chosen by the Swedish Film Institute as this year’s candidate for the Oscar shortlist in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The Swedish filmmaker’s previous film, Songs from the Second Floor, was Sweden’s entry for an Oscar nomination in 2000.
You, the Living was produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion in Sweden, in co-production with France (Société Parisienne de Production), Germany (Thermidor Filmproduktion), Denmark (Posthus teatret) and Norway (4½ Production).
The tragicomedy about human beings had its premiere in Cannes last May in Un Certain Regard, just recently screened in Toronto and is today opening a Swedish Film Week in Moscow.
A total of 30 international film festivals have selected the film this year, and 28 international distributors have acquired it from The Coproduction Office, including Lady Film (Italy), Les Films du Losange (France), Neue Visionen (Germany), Aquelarre (Spain) and Artificial Eye (UK).
You, the Living had its domestic premiere last Friday through Andersson’s own distribution company Studio 24 and picked up 8,000 admissions over its opening weekend.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22, 2008 and the 80th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24 in Los Angeles.
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