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Finland Picks 'Purge' as Best Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 19, 2012 at 2:37PM

Entering the Best Foreign-Language submission fray is "Purge," Finland's official entry for the 2013 Oscars. The film beat out 35 other local entries, and is currently topping Finland's box office charts with a $923K haul.
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'The Purge'
'The Purge'

Entering the Best Foreign-Language submission fray is "Purge," Finland's official entry for the 2013 Oscars. The film beat out 35 other local entries, and is currently topping Finland's box office charts with a $923K haul.

"Purge" is directed by Antti Jokinen, adapted from the internationally bestselling novel of the same title by Sofi Oksanen, which follows two women from different eras (one a 1990s Russian sex slave with more than a hint of Lisbeth Salander, the other a farm worker living in 1950s Soviet-occupied Estonia) connected by a disturbing throughline. Check out the trailer below.

Our round-up of other countries' Foreign-Language submissions is here (and Canada recently submitted "War Witch," more info here), with October 1 as the deadline for submission.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.