"Terribly Happy" was chosen by the Danish Oscar-committee today as Denmark's entry for the Academy Award nominations 2010.
About the film and its director
"Terribly Happy" is about Robert, who has a number of skeletons in his closet and he's determined to bury them. Although hardly his dream job, Robert sees the position of temporary village constable as a necessary stage on the road to rehabilitation. He just needs to do well and generally behave by the book. However, village life and the macabre provincial order don't fit easily into Robert's plans.
The screenplay, based on a novel by Erling Jepsen, is by Henrik Ruben Genz and Dunja Gry Jensen. Thomas Gammeltoft produced for Fine & Mellow Productions. TrustNordisk handle international sales. Leading players are Jakob Cedergren, Kim Bodnia, Lene Maria Christensen and Lars Brygmann.
This is director Henrik Ruben Genz' third feature film. His feature film debut "Someone Like Hodder", studded with international awards, was followed by "Chinaman", his first film for a mature audience. Genz' "Teis & Nico" received an Academy Award Nomination in the short film category.
Press, audience and sales
"Terribly Happy" enjoyed its world premiere at the prestigious Karlovy Vary festival in the Czech Republic, where it swept away the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, received glowing reviews and attracted buyer interest. After its release in Denmark in October 2008, "Terribly Happy" was welcomed by the press and audience alike, and brought in a total of 270,000 admissions at the domestic boxoffice.
The film is sold to over 40 countries including the USA, where Oscilloscope Pictures are distributing. An American remake of "Terribly Happy" is in preproduction.
And the Oscar goes to ...
Oscar nominations will be announced 2 February. The Academy Awards ceremony with the Oscar presentation will take place on 7 March 2010.
Danish Film Institute's CEO Henrik Bo Nielsen, chair of the Danish Oscar nomination-entry committee commented: "As always the process of choosing is both exciting and difficult, and I am content that the choice was made by a unanimous Danish Oscar-committee."
Denmark previously won Academy awards for Gabriel Axel's "Babette's Feast" in 1988 and Bille August's "Pelle the Conqueror" in 1989. Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" was nominated for an Oscar in 2007.
"Terribly Happy", festival participation
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival / Czech Republic (04-07-2008 - 12-07-2008)
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH / Germany (25-09-2008 - 02-10-2008)
Pusan International Film Festival / South Korea (02-10-2008 - 11-10-2008)
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival / Belgium (07-10-2008 - 18-10-2008)
Abu Dhabi Middle East International Film Festival / Ukendt land (10-10-2008 - 19-10-2008)
Hamptons Film Festival / USA (15-10-2008 - 19-10-2008)
Chicago International Film Festival / USA (16-10-2008 - 29-10-2008)
Valladolid International Film Festival / Spain (24-10-2008 - 01-11-2008)
Canberra International Film Festival / Australia (29-10-2008 - 09-11-2008)
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival / Taiwan (06-11-2008 - 21-11-2008)
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum / Lithuania (13-11-2008 - 30-11-2008)
Denver International Film Festival / USA (13-11-2008 - 23-11-2008)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival / Greece (14-11-2008 - 23-11-2008)
Bratislava International Film Festival / Slovakia (28-11-2008 - 06-12-2008)
Tallinn Tarta, Black Nights Film Festival / Estonia (28-11-2008 - 07-12-2008)
Kerala International Film Festival / India (12-12-2008 - 19-12-2008)
Palm Springs International Film Festival / USA (08-01-2009 - 19-01-2009)
Göteborg International Film Festival / Sweden (23-01-2009 - 02-02-2009)
Sofia International Film Festival / Bulgaria (05-03-2009 - 15-03-2009)
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique / France (18-03-2009 - 29-03-2009)
Cleveland International Film Festival / USA (19-03-2009 - 29-03-2009)
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival / Hungary (26-03-2009 - 05-04-2009)
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival / France (01-04-2009 - 05-04-2009)
CPH:PIX / Denmark (16-04-2009 - 26-04-2009)
Bilbao FANT Festival de Cine Fantastico / Spain (04-05-2009 - 10-05-2009)
Seattle International Film Festival / USA (21-05-2009 - 14-06-2009)
Transilvania International Film Festival / Romania (29-05-2009 - 07-06-2009)
Novi Sad Cinema City International Film and New Media Festival / (06-06-2009 - 14-06-2009)
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival / (16-06-2009 - 22-06-2009)
Edinburgh International Film Festival / Great Britain (17-06-2009 - 28-06-2009)
Montreal Fantasia Int Film Festival / Canada (09-07-2009 - 27-07-2009)
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) / Portugal (04-09-2009 - 13-09-2009)
Austin Fantastic Fest / USA (24-09-2009 - 01-10-2009)
Canberra Nordic Film Festival / Australia (15-10-2009 - 30-10-2009)
Riga Arsenals / Latvia (16-10-2009 - 24-10-2009)
Sevilla Festival de Cine / Spain (06-11-2009 - 14-11-2009)
"Terribly Happy", International awards
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2008: Crystal Globe"
Prizes awarded Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2009: Special Police Award
Bilbao FANT Festival de Cine Fantastico 2009: Best Film
Chicago International Film Festival 2008: Best Director