The Swedish Film Institute has nominated A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove), produced by SF Studios, to represent Sweden for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards gala on February 26th, 2017.
A Man Called Ove premiered in Sweden on Christmas Day, 2015 and has been a huge hit with over 1 700 000 admissions at the box-office – the third most successful domestic film ever in Sweden. The film was earlier this year awarded with three Guldbaggar – the Swedish equivalent to the Oscar – for Best male actor in a leading role, the People’s Choice Award for Best Film and Best Make-up.
A Man Called Ove has been sold to over 35 international markets including the US where it will premiere on September 30.
”We are extremely happy and honored to represent Sweden at the Oscar’s”, says Frida Westerberg, CEO at SF Studios and continues, “ The film has been a tremendous success at the box-office and the reception it has received, not only in Sweden but also internationally makes us very proud. The nomination in itself gives well deserved credit to the producers, team and director Hannes Holm.”
Director Hannes Holm says “I would like to thank the Jury for this decision, but of course all those who have been part of making this film and the record cinema going public who has seen it. Together we’ve created a fantastic experience that through this decision will reach a greater audience. A Man called Ove is a story of life that is recognizable wherever there is life”
A Man Called Ove is produced by SF Studios, in co-production with Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning and Fantefilm, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Producers on the film are Annica Bellander and Nicklas Wikström Nicastro and Executive Producers are Fredrik Wikström Nicastro and Michael Hjorth.
The film is based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Fredrik Backman published in 2012. The English language version of this book have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 30 weeks. At present SF Studios is developing another of Fredrik Backman best-selling novels – Britt-Marie Was Here - into a feature film which is planned to go into production in 2017.