Carew heads into crime comedy

Former Norwegian football star John Carew has joined a new team: He’ll break into Oslo’s new Munch museum next year as a member of Olsenbanden, a gang of mostly harmless movie bandits. Since retiring from football in 2013, Carew has launched an acting career. He’s been involved in a handful of movies, including a supporting […]

Norwegian’s Hong Kong documentary nominated for an Oscar

A documentary on the demonstrations in Hong Kong that was directed by Norwegian journalist Anders Hammer is among those nominated for an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. Hammer spent several months on the front lines of Hong Kong residents’ desperate attempts to preserve their democracy, amidst brutal repression ordered from Beijing. Hammer’s “Do Not […]

Tom Cruise likely to return to Norway

It looks like another Mission: Impossible crew will be filming on location in Norway again later this year. The Norwegian Film Institute is at least offering NOK 68.6 million (USD 8 million) in incentive funding to a film project code-named Scorpio that’s backed by Paramount of the US and True North Productions. Both were behind the […]

‘Hope’ film hopes for an Oscar

Norway’s candidate for Best International Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Håp (Hope), is about what happens in a large family when a highly stressed mother who’s finally been able to restart her own career gets a terminal cancer diagnosis on the day before Christmas. The film is based on the personal experience […]

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 […]