Marcus & Martinus set another record

Two teenage twins from a small town in north-central Norway have been making and breaking records since they started singing and dancing as children. Everything Marcus and Martinus Gunnarsen do seems to turn to gold, with even a documentary about them now pulling in record crowds. The scene outside Oslo’s large Colosseum cinema complex last weekend was […]

‘Game over’ for Norway’s seal hunt

Norway’s northern city of Tromsø used to be a major port for Norway’s controversial seal hunters, but they’ve now faded into the history books. For the first time in several hundred years, not a single Norwegian boat is heading out to hunt seals this season, and proponents of the hunt now blame climate change. “It’s over. Game over. […]

Acclaimed actor dies at 85

Actor Joachim Calmeyer was being mourned and hailed this week as among the “oldest and wisest” within Norwegian theater. Calmeyer died at his home at Grue in Hedmark on Monday after a short illness, at the age of 85. Calmeyer was “one of Norway’s finest actors,” both on stage and in films, wrote critic Mode […]

Car race film knocks out the king

The new Norwegian film about how Norway’s late King Haakon VII refused to cooperate with Nazi Germany after its invasion during World War II has drawn crowds, but not as large as those keen to see the sequel to a popular film about a car race around Norway. Børning 2 is also expected to roll over Kongens nei […]

Film-goers say ‘yes’ to the king’s ‘no’

Norwegians streamed to local cinemas over the weekend to see the new film Kongens nei, about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the late King Haakon VII flatly refused to cooperate with Nazi German invaders. The film has made many Norwegians proud of the royal defiance, which ultimately turned the royals themselves into refugees […]

King’s ‘no’ to Nazis hits the silver screen

The latest in a wave of films about epic events in Norway’s history was getting a royal reception this week. Kongens nei, which is about King Haakon VII’s refusal to surrender to Nazi German invaders in April 1940, has also won rave reviews and been nominated as among Norway’s candidates for an Oscar. The film’s […]

Carlsen confident as ‘Magnus’ premieres

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen was brimming with confidence this week, just before a documentary about his life was premiering in Norway. It’s had good reviews and the other young man set to challenge Carlsen in the next upcoming World Championships has already taken the time to see it. “He came with his whole team,” […]

‘Lion Woman’ film breaks new ground

A new Norwegian film debuted over the weekend at the Haugesund Film Festival, with pre-release hype that is already sending it to cinemas in at least 40 countries. Reviews were mixed for “Løvekvinnen” (The Lion Woman), which tells the story of a woman born with hair covering her entire body, but the film was generally praised for its respectful tone […]

Carew turns action hero

Former Norwegian football star John Carew is now concentrating his efforts on launching a new career as an action hero in the movies. Performing on screen may not be all that different from performing on the football field. Carew figures he can at least put his physical and often feared prowess on the field to […]

Film to recreate Utøya massacre

A planned film documentary will recreate the massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya that killed 69 mostly young Labour Party summer campers in 2011. Several survivors of the massacre are taking part in the documentary, which has secured a nod from the national survivors’ support organization. It’s been nearly five years since the horrors of a cold and […]