Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason’s film Godland has been shortlisted for the Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Oscars, one of only 15 selected from 88 countries. Godland tells the story of a Danish priest in 19th century Iceland, whose faith is tested by the harsh conditions of rural life.
Final five nominees announced in January
The film Godland by Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason has been shortlisted by the Academy for the Oscars in the category of Best International Feature Film for 2024. Only 15 films made it to the shortlist, although entries were received from 88 countries. The final five nominees will be announced on January 23, 2024. The 96th Oscar ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 10, next year.
Godland tells the story of a young Danish priest, Lucas, who travels to Iceland in the late 19th century to build a church and photograph the island’s inhabitants. The relentless natural forces quickly impact his journey, and his interactions with the Icelandic farmer Ragnar are strained due to language barriers and cultural differences. Throughout his journey and in his search for a higher power, the priest must confront his own nature against the backdrop of the wild landscape. His desire to dominate it ultimately leads to his downfall.
As noted by Mbl.is, it hasn’t been long since Iceland earned a film on the shortlist in the International Feature Film category. Two years ago, Lamb made the shortlist but did not ultimately receive a nomination.