Series wins two prizes in Cannes

NRK’s new drama series about how the oil industry changed Norway won two prizes when it debuted this week at the new International Series Festival in Cannes. Its cast and producers were celebrating. The series, called Lykkeland/State of Happiness, was one of 10 series chosen from 130 entries to be shown at the festival in […]

Oil industry drama debuts in Cannes

A new dramatic version of how Norway’s oil industry began was making its debut on Tuesday at the first Cannes International Series Festival. The new Norwegian series is the biggest TV drama ever produced in Norway, based on events that also changed the nation forever. Called Lykkeland (State of Happiness for its foreign audience), the series starts […]

New Utøya film drew 51,000

The first of several films being made about the terror attacks on Norway’s Labour Party and its youth group just six-and-a-half years ago opened at Norwegian cinemas over the weekend. It drew audiences totally around 51,000, making it one of the strongest openings so far this year. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that it lagged […]

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 […]