New troll film draws crowds

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A new Norwegian film featuring a dour troll hunter (Trolljegeren) enjoyed one of the best opening weekends at a Norwegian cinema so far this year. The film is proving so popular that its backers are already thinking about a sequel.

Around 50,000 tickets were sold, at the higher premiere weekend prices, over the weekend. The film also has been sold for distribution in both the US and Europe and its producers are negotiating with some top industry players regarding a remake in English.

“Norwegian mythology clearly has potential and we had a lot of ideas we couldn’t use in Trolljegeren,” Sveinung Galimo of production company Filmkameratene told newspaper Dagsavisen. “Even though we don’t have any concrete plans for a sequel now, we’ll certainly be thinking about one.”

Trolljegeren was made as a “mockumentary,” a fictional documentary, about a small group of students who uncover an attempt by the Norwegian government to cover up the actual existence of trolls in Norway. Golimo doesn’t want to make a sequel, though, just because the first film is turning into a big success.

“We feel we made a fine film, and if we make another one, it will have to be just as good,” he said.

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