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 […]

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 […]