Grumpy Swedish Man Advances to Oscar Shortlist

[“A Man Called Ove” courtesy of Music Box Films]


A Man Called Ove, Sweden’s most successful domestic film of all time, is now this year’s top grossing foreign language arthouse film in the U.S. with over 200 engagements in all major markets and a projected box office of over $3 million. Based on the international best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman and directed by Hannes Holm, A Man Called Ove is certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and is Sweden’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards®.

The film, which recently took home “Best Comedy” at the 29th European Film Awards,  just advanced to the Oscar’s shortlist and will compete with eight others for “Best Foreign Language Film”


A Man Called Ove is the latest commercial and critical sensation from Chicago-based independent distributor Music Box Films. It joins the distributor’s previous Swedish film adaptations: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared and has surpassed Music Box Films’ latest box office hit, Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents, which grossed over $1 million earlier this year.

The book by Fredrik Backman has been published in more than 30 countries and sold more than 2.8 million copies worldwide, making it one of Sweden’s most popular novels alongside Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” In 2009, Music Box Films introduced the original film adaptation The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to American audiences at the peak of the novel’s success. The film also broke box office records for top grossing foreign language arthouse releases in the U.S. that year. Both The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest followed suit shortly after.


“We started with 6 markets to outstanding critical and audience acclaim and quickly followed with a national rollout,” says Edward Arentz, Managing Director of Music Box Films. “Now at over 200 markets, it’s very exciting to see Americans become completely smitten with this grumpy Swedish crumudgeon.”

For nearly ten years, Music Box Films has successfully distributed acclaimed international, American independent and documentary features such as: Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski which received Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015; Meru, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; The Club by Pablo Larrain which received outstanding accolades and critical acclaim earlier this year. Other notable release include film festival favorites: Any Day Now by Travis Fine, Keep The Lights On by Ira Sachs, Starlet by Sean Baker and the Emmy® award-winning documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.


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