Norway’s hit disaster film Bølgen (The Wave) and three films for children have accounted for 80 percent of cinema vists in Norway so far this year. The four films’ success was applauded, but it means things didn’t go very well for the 26 other films produced in Norway this year.
New statistics from cinema organization Film & Kino show that Norwegian films had attracted 1.77 million visitors through the end of October. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that nearly half of them, though, saw Bølgen, about an avalanche and tsunami in a Norwegian fjord, which attracted 820,589 viewers.
The next most popular film was the latest in a series based on the Karsten & Petra children’s books, Karsten og Petra på safari, which attracted 244,795. Then came two more children’s films: Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar (208,879) and Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin (198,317).
Several critically acclaimed films, including Joacim Trier’s Louder than Bombs and Anne Sewitsky’s De nærmeste, only attracted 18,909 and 8,911. That worries the more refined, “artistic” branch of the film business.
“This is a huge challenge and many people are scratching their heads,” Sveinung Golimo of the Norwegian Film Institute told Dagsavisen. The films that won critics’ praise and lots of coverage in Norwegian media simply didn’t do well at the box office. “Producers are clearly worried,” Golimo said, fearing the trend may result in fewer Norwegian films being made.