Outdoor cinema gone with the wind

TROMSØ: Strong Arctic winds in Tromsø spoiled plans for an outdoor cinema at its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) that started rolling this week. Otherwise the popular film festival was attracting large crowds as usual and packing local hotels and restaurants. It’s the 28th time the film festival is being held in Norway’s Arctic […]

Filming re-enacted July 22 terrorist attack

Downtown Oslo was once again the scene of howling sirens, flashing blue lights, armed soldiers and terrified, injured people running for their lives during the weekend. It was all part of the filming for a new Netflix production that brought back bad memories for more than a few passersby. “I think this is much too […]

Thousands protest new film on Utøya

More than 20,000 people have signed a campaign on social media against a new film based on a Norwegian right-wing extremist’s massacre on the island of Utøya seven years ago. They claim it’s too early since the attack that killed 69 people, mostly young members of Norway’s Labour Party, and that it will give the […]

‘The Emigrants’ set to cast off again

At a time when tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees have arrived in Scandinavia, Swedish and Norwegian filmmakers are preparing a new film version about the hundreds of thousands of Swedes and Norwegians who left their homelands in the 1800s and 1900s. Now The Emigrants will cast off with a script written by a […]

Preikestolen closed for filming

Norway’s wildly popular mountain plateau known as Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) will be closed to the public from November 7-9, when Hollywood is due to take it over for the filming of the next Mission Impossible movie. Access will also be restricted during the next week as crews prepare the area for the filming. The local […]

Oslo boosters get another chance

News that the travel gurus at Lonely Planet had placed Oslo on its list of top-10 destinations in 2018 could cheer civic- and tourism boosters disappointed by how a new film shot in Oslo, The Snowman, flopped at the box office. Another Norwegian TV series that’s being sold internationally may give them another chance for […]

Film on July 22 terror wins state funds

British filmmaker Paul Greengrass has received NOK 17.21 million (USD 2.1 million) in state incentive funding from the Norwegian government. The money is aimed to help finance his upcoming film about events leading up to the bombing and massacre carried out by a young, ultra-right-wing Norwegian on July 22, 2011. The film, entitled Norway, will […]

Poor reviews don’t dampen ‘Snowman’ sales

Cinemas in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim are reporting strong sales of tickets for the new film version of Jo Nesbø’s crime novel Snømannen (The Snowman), despite the ice-cold reception the film has received from critics. Cinema directors don’t think the poor reviews will kill off interest. “We’ve sold 16,000 tickets so far,” Jannicke Haugen of […]

‘The Snowman’s’ meltdown spreads

UPDATED: Norwegian critics’ frosty reception of the film version of Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (The Snowman) continued unabated on Wednesday, with national dailies Aftenposten, Dagens Næringsliv (DN) and Dagbladet panning it as well. Questions have arisen over whether the entire film project simply got lost in translation. Its director now blames a lack of time for […]

‘Snowman’ opens to poor film reviews

The stage seemed set for nothing short of triumph and celebration when the new film based on wildly popular Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (The Snowman) premieres in Nesbø’s homeland this week. Norwegian film reviewers were instead left deeply disappointed, with several panning it and giving the film a score of just two on […]