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The Square received no less than six European Film Awards at the prize ceremony in Berlin in December. EFA is often referred to as “the European Oscar”. Photo: Jan Göransson

The Square nominated for an Oscar

For the second year in a row a Swedish film has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes in May The Square has received several other international awards, including six European Film Awards in December. The film was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and the fact is that many of the awards and nominations spring from American film critic’s organizations. It is director Ruben Östlund’s first Oscar nomination. Last night, at “the Guldbagge gala”, the Swedish national film awards ceremony, he was awarded Best Director for The Square and Fredrik Wenzel received the award for Best Cinematography.

– The Oscar nomination crowns an amazing year for Ruben Östlund,The Square and Swedish film. Ruben shows us that it is possible to reach the stars with an ambitious idea for a film. It is truly inspiring for the future of Swedish film, says Anna Serner, CEO at the Swedish Film Institute.

Hoyte van Hoytema has been active as cinematographer in Sweden for many years (Lasermannnen, The Girl, Call Girl etc.) and received his major international breakthrough for the cinematography on Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In. Today he got his first Oscar nomination for the cinematography on Dunkirk.

The Oscars take place on the 4th of March 2018.

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