– It’s great that a Norwegian film was nominated for an Oscar. It’s cool that you yourself have made such a small contribution to this film, so keep it good, says Troms resident Per Ivar Somby.
Joachim Trier’s film “The World’s Worst Man” has been nominated in two Oscar categories: Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Screenplay.
– My contribution to this film was that they needed some pictures of Sami, which they could use in a scene in the film. In the film, the main character browses the website in search of information about Sami. That’s how images are used in films, Somby explains.
Classic love story
The plot of “The World’s Worst Man” is universal. Hence, it hits a wide audience.
Julie is almost 30 years old. He had a lot of talent, but little payoff and increasingly felt like a supporting role in his own life. His slightly older girlfriend wants them to start a family, but Julie holds him back.
– My contribution to this film is very, very small scenes, Somby emphasizes.
A few years ago, the Tromso man came across an old black and white photo of his great-grandfather. To find out what he really looked like, Per Ivar got the idea to improve and color the photo.
Gradually, he developed the technique of coloring or coloring old pictures. In 2019, he published the book “People under the northern lights”.
– I hope that people through my contributions pay attention to Sami. “My contribution is very small, but it’s nice to watch,” said Somby and smiled.
– Rarely to Hollywood
The director and screenwriter were even surprised by the Oscar nominations, when the news was announced yesterday.
– I think we fainted a little when they read out the nominations. Truly shocking and touching, Trier told NRK.
This year’s Oscars will be held in Hollywood on Sunday, March 27.
Eskil Vogt had been with Trier during script preparation. He still didn’t know what to expect.
– I haven’t thought of that. “We’re very happy to be in good company with this nomination, but anything can happen with the Oscars,” said Vogt.
Per Ivar Somby hopes it will be “The Worst Man in the World”.
– If the film won an Oscar, then I would scream that We’ve won an Oscar, said Somby.
Five Oscar-nominated Norwegian films
In the best foreign language film category, the following films were nominated:
«Driving My Car» (Japan)
«Hand of God» (Italy)
«Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom» (Bhutan)
“Worst Man in the World” (Norway)
In the best original script category, the following films were nominated:
«Don’t Look Up»
“Worst Man in the World”
Norway has been nominated for the award for best foreign language film five times previously without a win. First in 1958 for “Nine Lives”, then for Witch in 1988, “Sunday Angels” in 1997, “Elling” in 2002 and “Kon-Tiki” in 2013.
– I’m rarely invited to Hollywood. “My contribution to this film is too small for that,” said Per Ivar Somby.
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