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 […]

Grande could escape critics in Berlin

UPDATED: Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande was probably glad she could fly off to hail Norway’s presence at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) just before the weekend. Some Liberal Party colleagues back in Norway were calling for her resignation as party leader, distressed over how voter support has plummeted under her leadership the past few […]

Sonja Henie back in the spotlight

She ranked as among the most internationally famous Norwegians, but wasn’t very popular at home. A new film about ice skating star Sonja Henie hasn’t been very popular with the public either, but it was chosen to make its international premiere  at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this weekend. Its selection for a showing […]

Actor claims Breivik ‘must be portrayed’

Anders Danielsen Lie, the Norwegian actor who portrays mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in the lastest film about Breivik’s terrorist attacks in 2011, had some clear thoughts on why he accepted the role. Lie thinks it would be wrong to ignore Breivik and refuse to discuss what he did on the island of Utøya seven […]

Acclaimed film wins Oscar candidacy

A highly acclaimed Norwegian film that reveals culture clashes and social control within Norway’s Pakistani community has been selected as Norway’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the next Academy Awards ceremony in the US. The film Hva vil folk si? (What will people say?) was voted as most likely to do well in […]

Earthquake film’s premiere broke records

Last weekend’s premiere of the new disaster film Skjelvet drew the largest crowds to Norwegian cinemas so far this year. Producer Martin Sundland at Fantefilm claimed he and his colleagues were extremely satisfied. Fully 154,109 people bought tickets to see the film, which depicts a major earthquake hitting Oslo and causing massive destruction. The film […]

Latest disaster film shakes up geologists

Norwegians were streaming to cinemas all over the country this weekend, to see the latest film about a natural disaster on home turf in Oslo. It’s shaking up both them and local geologists, who disagree over whether there’s a real threat of a massive earthquake in a country that has never had one, but does have […]

Culture clash film swept awards show

A popular and highly acclaimed film about a girl living a double life in Oslo as the obedient daughter in a Pakistani-Norwegian family and a normal Norwegian teenager won four prizes at the annual Amanda awards ceremony in Haugesund, Norway’s equivalent of the Oscars. Director Iram Haq has been on a roll herself, also winning […]

Film premiers where it was shot

Tourism promoters in Rogaland County continue to go to great lengths, and heights, to drum up publicity for their local landmark known as Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Now they’ve flown in international journalists apparently willing to have their expenses paid, in the hopes of getting more coverage of the mountaintop where an action scene from the […]