Force Majeure – Sweden's 2014 entry for the Oscars

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Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure (Turist) has been chosen to compete for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.

Force Majeure. Photo: Fredrik Wenzel
Force Majeure (Turist) by Ruben Östlund. Photo: Fredrik Wenzel

Fourth feature from director-writer Ruben Östlund world premiered in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section receiving the Prix du jury. In September it screens at Toronto International Film Festival and in October it competes at the 50th Chicago Film Festival, this year focusing on Scandinavia. It is already sold to 40 countries by international sales agent Coproduction Office, with Magnolia Pictures (Melancholia, Take This Waltz, I'm Still Here, Nymphomaniac, Frank) handling US distribution.

Force Majeure is produced by Erik Hemmendorff and Marie Kjellson for Plattform Produktion in collaboration with numerous European producers and film institute, and with production funding from the Swedish Film Institute's previous film commissioner Lars G. Lindström. It premiered in Sweden August 15, distributed by TriArt Film.

To celebrate the US theatrical release (set for October 24) of Force Majeure, a retrospective of the first 10 years of Ruben Östlund's feature filmmaking career will premiere in January 2015 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis before embarking on a three-month tour of North America. The touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Embassy of Sweden in the US and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.

The Oscars' jury is set to announce its selection of films to compete for Best Foreign Language Film on 15 January, 2015. The awards ceremony takes place on February 22.

This is the second time Östlund is chosen for Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature, following the nomination of Involuntary (De ofrivilliga) in 2009.

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