Announcing the selection, Claus Ladegaard, CEO of the Danish Film Institute, said in a statement:
Flee is a Danish-French-Swedish-Norwegian co-production, with Denmark leading the production. It is the animation debut of Danish documentary maker Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The film is produced by Denmark’s Final Cut for Real and animation studio Sun Creature, in co-production with Vivement Lundi!, Mer Film, and Mostfilm.
Denmark won the international feature film Oscar last year, with Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round.
This means the film could be nominated in the category, which rarely sees animated submissions. Waltz with Bashir, representing Israel, became the first animated nominee for the award in 2009. There have been none since.
Flee, the much-hyped animated documentary about an Afghan refugee, will represent Denmark in the Oscars’ international feature film category, the Danish Film Institute has announced.
The reception of Flee has been overwhelming since it premiered at Sundance, and more prominent North American festivals have selected the film. Now, its U.S. theatrical release is coming shortly via Oscar-winning distributor Neon. This kind of visibility and backing carries significant weight in the Oscar race. The committee is convinced that Flee can continue its impressive international journey on the back of its powerful theme and original form.