Hurtigruten claims millions in state aid

Norway’s deeply troubled shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten reportedly expects to receive more than NOK 300 million in state aid, to compensate it for cancelled cruises during the Corona pandemic. The line’s management, meanwhile, has gone along with state demands that it no longer use one of its ships as a floating hotel on which crew […]

Norway ‘under (Tom) Cruise control’

American actor Tom Cruise and the film crew behind the next Mission: Impossible movie are being accused in Norway of dazzling local politicians and authorities, and getting special treatment while filming on location amidst some of Norway’s equally dazzling mountain scenery. Not so, objects the head of the Norwegian Film Institute, who rejects assertions that Norwegian […]

Hurtigruten joins ‘Mission Impossible’

After its own bouts with the Corona virus, Norway’s shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten has seemed to be on an impossible mission to carry out scheduled cruises. Now it’s ironically housing film crews needed for the next “Mission Impossible” movie in Norway, also after a crew member on Hurtigruten’s vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen tested positive […]

Tom Cruise returns to Norway

The Norwegian government has granted an exception to its strict Corona containment rules to actor Tom Cruise and other members of his Mission Impossible film crew. They and other film crews will be allowed to return to Norway this fall for more production of film and TV series, under certain conditions. State broadcaster NRK reported […]

New ‘Knerten’ movie rides to the rescue

Norwegian cinemas are hoping that Knerten, a piece of wood with a strong personality, will help carry them through a difficult summer season. While numerous movie launches have been delayed because of the Corona crisis, the latest sequel to the popular Knerten series for children will make its premiere earlier than planned, to meet a […]

Film finance incentives under pressure

Norway’s film industry pushed for, and won, finance incentives to film in Norway. It remains questionable, however, whether the funding and tax breaks serve their purpose. A new study, revealed at the opening of the annual Tromsø International Film Festival this week, noted that the incentives contribute towards a “more professional and healthy economy” within […]

Aurora song wins Oscar nomination

Disney’s “Frozen” films (called Frost in Norwegian) attract lots of tourists to Norway, because of all their ties to Norwegian landscapes, history and also Sami culture. Now the latest may grab more ears for Norwegian music as well. A song by Norwegian pop artist Aurora Aksnes emerged this week as Norway’s only hope at this […]

‘Out Stealing Horses’ swept film awards

A film based on Norwegian author Per Petterson’s best-seller Out Stealing Horses was the big winner at this year’s Amanda Awards, which celebrated its 35th year of promoting the quality of, and interest in, Norwegian films over the weekend. The winning film had also claimed the largest number of nominations. Out Stealing Horses won the […]

Questions, protests fly over Bond film

Norwegian environmentalists have been both shaken and stirred into action by the prospect of a new James Bond film being shot in the usually quiet hills and forests of Nordmarka, just north of Oslo. They don’t like how production crews are already cordoning off areas usually open to skiers, and constructing a wooden building that […]

Critics rage against new Amundsen film

Roald Amundsen remains one of Norway’s greatest heroes, a polar explorer who brought pride and fame to a newly independent country at the turn of the 20th century. A new film about him premiered nationwide in Norway on Friday, but got off to rather poor start. Norwegian critics have panned the film, calling it everything from […]