A lesbian horror movie has the opportunity to pick up the 2018 Oscar for best foreign film.
Norway film officials picked “Thelma,” directed by Joachim Trier, for the category according to Pink News. The movie would be the first horror movie of it’s kind to win the award if nominated.
The movie centers around a college-aged girl who goes to Oslo for school. After leaving home, she begins to have supernatural seizures and is drawn to a girl named Anja despite her conservative upbringing.
The film currently has an 88 percent rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes and has received praise from several critics.
“Trier is a ingenious filmmaker, and he makes ‘Thelma’ visually compelling even when the story lazily turns to the usual scare-flick tropes,” NPR’s Mark Jenkins said.
“Thelma’s” potential for Oscar success follows in the path of other recently successful lesbian films.
“Carol,” a 2015 British drama featuring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, was nominated for several Academy Awards. “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a 2013 French drama, won the Palme D’or as the best movie of the Cannes Film Festival, but was not nominated for an Oscar.
The last Norwegian film to receive a nomination from the Academy in the best foreign film was 2012’s “Kon-Tiki.”