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The new Norwegian family adventure movie, Operasjon Arktis (Operation Arctic) is in theatres all over Norway.

The new Norwegian adventure movie, Operasjon Arktis (Operation Arctic) is an engaging movie for both young moviegoers and adults.

The adventure/family film, directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal is a well written and engaging theme.

The film has just the right amount of tension for the young audience, and good enough entertainment for the adults.

The film is about three siblings who are accidentally left alone in a winter storm on the deserted Spitsbergen island of Svalbard, while they think going to Stavanger.

No-one on the main land, an ocean apart, knows where they are. It’s a dramatic and engaging fight for survival.

Director: Grethe Bøe-Waal

Writers: Grethe Bøe-Waal (screenplay), Leif Hamre (novel)

Stars: Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, Lars Arentz-Hansen, Nicolai Cleve Broch

Country: Norway

Language: Norwegian

Release Date: 17 October 2014 (Norway)

Genres: Adventure/Family

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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Writers: Petter Skavlan, Allan Scott (script consultant)
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård

Synopsis

On the 28th of april 1947, Thor Heyerdahl leaves his wife and children behind to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft called ‘Kon-Tiki’, with five inexperienced crew members. The Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer travels on the raft from Peru to Polynesia to prove that people from South-America settled in Polynesia instead of people from Asia, as was believed at the time. The crew did not pack any modern technology on board of the raft, except for a simple radio, and were companied by only each other and a parrot. With the world media watching, the crew navigates the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean using the stars and being driven by the currents and wind.

While taking on thunder storms, sharks and the dangers of the wide open sea, it’s six brave men against nature trying to get the Kon-Tiki across to the Polynesian shore. After gambling all he has, including his marriage, Heyerdahl is determined to succeed. Thor Heyerdahl’s documentary over the journey won an Oscar in 1951 and is the only Norwegian movie to have won an Oscar to date. The book Heyerdahl wrote about the Kon-Tiki expedition was translated into 70 languages and has sold over 50 million copies over the entire world. Kon-Tiki the movie can be seen in the Dutch theaters from April 4 2013.

 

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Steven Van Zandt — better known as Frank ’The Fixer’ Tagliano from Lilyhammer. Photo : Netflix

Lilyhammer TV series’ success proves Norway’s local sense can catch international audience.

TELEVISION- Norway, with its fjords and majestic landscape, has recently attracted many movie producer’s interest as a filming location. The Frozen, Dogville, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and even Die Another Day are the most prominent ones of tens of the action and horror films which were “empowered by Norwegian nature”. But, comedy genre was somehow out of sight in Norwegian context until the hit Norwegian comedy “Lilyhammer” turned into an international success.

Even before the launch of the second season in December, Netflix has ordered a third season of the series, the Norwegian comedy,  starring Steven Van Zandt and being co-produced by Norway’s Rubicon TV AS.

A worldwide radio show playing Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll

When Lilyhammer premiered in February of 2012, few people realized it would mark the beginning of a brand new era of television. Although the show originally aired in Norway, it was the first time that Netflix offered exclusive content. The experiment worked, paving the way for hugely acclaimed shows like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development, noted RollingStone.

Talking to Collider, Steven Van Zandt says they are thrilled by how it’s performed, not only in the U.S. but in other territories. “It’s a very international show with a very domestic feel,” adds he.

In an interview with the online magazine, Zandt tells how the idea of the TV series emerged.  He had a worldwide radio show, and was playing a lot of Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll. He also has a record company, and he was in Bergen, Norway producing a Norwegian band.

Another gangster role

One day, somebody told Zandt that the husband and wife writing the screenplays wanted to say hello, so he met with them and they gave him the one-sentence pitch, which was, “A gangster goes into the witness protection program and chooses Lilyhammer in Norway”.  First of all, he thought he just played a gangster for 10 years and he really shouldn’t do this again.  Then, he thought again, “What a wonderful idea this is.”

Zandt describes Norway a very, very conservative country.  They are very much a mono-culture that’s very, very civilized, with very little crime and no poverty.  It’s a very, very interesting place, and it’s a very mysterious place, says he.

So, he thinks he can not only have a wonderful fish-out-of-water story in Norway, with a one man crime wave, coming into a place where there is no crime but can also have fun with these cultural differences.

Crazy Idea of Moving to Norway

Despite the irresistibility of the offer, it was not an easy decision for Zandt. All of his business people called him crazy for the idea of going to Norway after one of the greatest shows in history.

Everybody was questioning it, as a career move.  But, once they wanted me involved as one of the producers and writers, I felt like, “If I can control the scripts and have some say in the production, then I feel confident enough that I can make this thing work,” says he to Collider.

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Norwegian celebrities are asked to plan their own funerals and decorate their own coffins in the new TV programme that aims to talk about death. Photo : Victor Buggé

In a new show by Norwegian state TV NRK, celebrities are asked to plan their own funerals.

With a coffin on the roof of her car, presenter Namra Saleem visits famous people in Norway to talk about death and asks them to plan their funerals. In the first episode of the program, ,«Kisten», which was aired on Monday, Saleem visited Norwegian rock group D.D.E singer Bjarne Brøndbo. In the program Brondbo was asked to decorate his own coffin. He did it by drawing a portrait of himself on the coffin, which he also autographed.

Talking to NRK, DDE singer admits he has begun to think more about death as he has grown older.

The programme’s producer, Nils Gelting Andresen, says the series is a “feel-good show about death”, and his mission is to break the taboo surrounding mortality while letting the public get to know celebrities better.

NRK recently made international headlines with its slow TV concept featuring hours of train journey, making bonfire and knitting.

The Nordic Page

Photo : Victor Buggé

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