Controversial and critical American filmmaker Michael Moore has been spotted in Oslo over the past few days, and local media were trying to guess what he’s working on. Moore himself wouldn’t say, and swore his interview subjects to secrecy as well.
Among them was Trond Blattmann, whose son was killed in the massacre carried out by a lone ultra-right-wing Norwegian gunman on July 22, 2011. Blattmann also later led the support group for the families of victims. He now works for state welfare agency NAV and is a local politician for the Labour Party in the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand.
He told state broadcaster NRK that he had an “exciting” 90-minute taped “conversation” with Michael Moore at the Grand Hotel in Oslo on Monday. “I can’t say anything about it, it’s Moore who’s set down the terms,” Blattmann told NRK. “He was the one who wanted to have a conversation with me, and I have not met him earlier.”
TV2 reported that Moore and a crew were also seen out filming in front of the Parliament building on Sunday. Passersby reported that they seemed to be destroying mobile telephones and cameras in the film.
Moore would only say that he’s “working on a new film, where both Norway and the US have a big role. Norway is a fantastic country to live in.” Moore added that Norway would come out well in the film: “Norway is always the good guy.” TV2 reported that Moore, best known for his Oscar-winning documentary Bowling For Columbine about a high school massacre, also planned to visit several other Norwegian cities over the next few few days.