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Trollhunter director to make English horror film

The Norwegian director of Troll Hunter, the cult horror mockumentary, is set to make his first English language horror film, after received backing from Britain's Goldcrest films, Screen International has reported.

Trollhunter director to make English horror film
Still from Trollhunter - Magnolia Pictures
André Øvredal has started casting The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and will shoot the film in London this winter. 
 
The film follows a father-and-son team of coroners in a small-town mortuary carrying out an autopsy on a young murder victim,  as they uncover increasingly bizarre clues on her cause of death. 
 
"The Autopsy of Jane Doe has everything I want in a horror movie – great characters, an intriguing mystery and it is simply the scariest scripts I have ever read," Øvredal said. 
 
"I am proud to make this my follow-up to Troll Hunter and I am excited to be in business with Goldcrest." 
 
Goldcrest films, famous for producing 1980s classics such as Gandhi and Chariots of Fire, has relaunched in recent years, working on  films such as the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady.
 
Trollhunter, released in 2011, grossed some $4m on a $3.5 million budget, but has gained something of a cult following among aficionados of kooky fantasy and horror films.  

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Better luck next year: Norway’s Oscar drought continues

Hopes that Norway would claim its first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film were dashed when ‘Kongens nei’ (English title: The King’s Choice) was not among the nominees announced on Tuesday.

Better luck next year: Norway's Oscar drought continues
'Kongens Nei' got a 'nei' from the Oscar committee. Photo: Paradox Film
Director Erik Poppe’s film about King Haakon VII’s resistance to the Nazi invasion of Norway had survived the cut from 85 submissions to nine but was not among the five finalists revealed on Tuesday. 
 
Adding insult to injury, Norway's two Scandinavian neighbours Denmark and Sweden are among the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film with ‘Land of Mine' and ‘A Man Called Ove’, respectively. The other films that will vie for the award at the Oscars gala in Los Angeles next month are 'The Salesman' (Iran), 'Tanna' (Australia) and 'Toni Erdmann' (Germany).
 
 
‘Kongens nei’ was hoping to be just the sixth Norwegian nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film. The previous nominees were ‘Ni liv’ in 1957, ‘Veiviseren’ in 1987, ‘Søndagsengler’ in 1996, ‘Elling’ in 2001 and ‘Kon-Tiki’ in 2012. None of those managed to take home the Oscar, so there were high hopes that ‘Kongens nei’ could make Norwegian film history and end the country's Oscar drought. 
 
Instead, the best Norwegian film buffs can now hope for is that one of their neighbours claims the prize. The Danish entry ‘Land of Mine’ (Original title: Under Sanden) is about a group of German POWs who are made to clear Danish beaches of Nazi mines following the war. Swedish hopeful  'A Man Called Ove' (original title: En man som heter Ove) meanwhile tells the story of a Saab-driving curmudgeon who has his heart opened by a warm new neighbour.
 
The German entry ‘Toni Erdmann’ is also a clear favourite, with the comedy winning best film, director, actress, actor and screenwriter at the European Film Awards earlier this month. 
 
Some 720,000 Norwegians saw 'Kongens Nei' in theatres, making the war drama the biggest box office draw in what was the Norwegian film industry's best year in more than four decades
 
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