Erik Poppe’s Norwegian/Irish co-production The King’s Choice has been chosen to represent Norway for consideration as Best Foreign-Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
On the 9th of April 1940, German troops invade Oslo. The king of Norway is faced with a choice, which will change his nation forever. This is a film about real events, which turned a brave man into the people’s king.

The King’s Choice, which was written by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg and Jan Trygve Røyneland, stars Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Tuva Novotny. Newly appointed Irish Film Board project coordinator Lesley McKimm co-produced for Newgrange Pictures, alongside Finn Gjerdrum, Stein Kvae, Jackie Larkin, Henrik Zein, Malene Ehlers, and Madeleine Ekman.

The film received backing from the Irish Film Board, Windmill Lane Pictures, Norsk Filminstitutt, Copenhagen Film Fund, Film i Väst, Film3, Eurimages, Svensk Filminstitutt, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Coficine, Jesper Christensen, Nordisk Film, Paradox Rettigheter, Beta Film, Danmark Radio, Nordisk, Norsk Rikskringkasting, and Svensk Television.

The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1st 2015 and September 30th 2016. Nine finalists from the entries will be shortlisted by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee on January 17th, with the final five nominees being announced on January 24th. The winner will be announced at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26th.

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