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GODLAND shortlisted for International Feature Film Oscar

Iceland's submission to the Oscars, Godland by Hlynur Pálmason, is among 15 films shortlisted for the 96th Academy Awards 2024 in the International Feature Film category. Films from 88 countries and regions were eligible in the category. Nominees will be announced on January 23.

Godland is written and directed by Hlynur Pálmason (A White, White Day, Winter Brothers), and stars Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, and Hilmar Gudjónsson.

Since the film's world premiere in Cannes in Un Certain Regard 2022 it has been invited to leading international film festivals, such as Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival, and Karlovy Vary.

The film is a Denmark/Iceland/France/Sweden coproduction. Produced by Anton Máni Svansson of Join Motion Pictures, as well as Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, and Mikkel Jersin of Snowglobe in Denmark. Co-producers are Maneki Films from France, Garagefilm and Film i Väst from Sweden. The distribution in the US is handled by Janus Films.

Godland is a psychological epic about the struggle between the strictures of religion and our own brute animal nature. In the late nineteenth century, Danish priest Lucas makes the perilous trek to Iceland's southeastern coast with the intention of establishing a church. There, the arrogant man of God finds his resolve tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. What unfolds is a transfixing journey into the heart of colonial darkness attuned to both the majesty and terrifying power of the natural world.