Press release31.10.2002 Susanna Bier's "Open Hearts" has been chosen as the official Danish candidate for the 75th Academy Awards ® 2003 Oscar-nominations. The film will compete for a nomination in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Since its release early September, "Open Hearts", produced by Vibeke Windeløv of Zentropa, has accomplished one feat after another. The box-office has seen it soaring, bringing admissions to the half million mark in its ninth week. Critics have welcomed it, Screen Daily's Mike Goodridge writing "the director reaches dramatic heights usually only scaled by rare masters." Furthermore, the high regard critics have held for Bier's work culminated in a Special Mention, awarded by the FIPRESCI Jury (International Federation of Film Critics) at Toronto International Film Festival. The award was given on the grounds that "Open Hearts" proves that "Dogme has come of age and matured into a potent cinema language that skillfully captures the freeing of emotions ..." "Open Hearts" - like Lone Scherfig's Zentropa produced "Italian for Beginners" - has also been successful in penetrating the American market where it will open on the commercial film circuit in the USA on 21 February 2003, an exposure only a small number of Danish feature films enjoy. The decision to enter "Open Hearts" was reached by a committee appointed by the Danish Film Academy and the Danish Film Institute. The Oscar nominations will be announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday 11 February 2003. The Academy Awards ® Presentation itself will be held on Sunday 23 March 2003. For further informationAcademy Awards: www.oscars.orgOpen Hearts: www.elskerdigforevigt.dk Danish Film InstituteAgnete Dorph Stjernfelt t +45 3374 3505 / firstname.lastname@example.orgVicki Synnott t + 45 3374 3438 / email@example.com
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