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Norwegian Shame in Cannes


Norwegian Shame in Cannes

Writer Harald Rosenløv Eeg (left) and director Marius Holst present «Betrayed» in Cannes. Photo Liv Baden

Writer Harald Rosenløv Eeg (left) and director Marius Holst present «Betrayed» in Cannes. Photo Liv Baden

Cannes May 21st 2017

Director Marius Holst presented his new movie about Norwegians assisting Gestapo in hunting down jews.

Report by Torkil Baden

CANNES/FRANCE: The annual press lunch in Cannes by the production company Film i Väst is always a good place to overview coming Scandinavian films. The company has an impressive merit list, and this year it is partnership in one of the films nominated for Palme d’Or, –  Ruben Östlund’s The Square. Future plans were presented in a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean, and directors, producers, writers and actors from the Nordic countries lined up to tell about opening nights in 2018.

New success for Marius Holst? Here with Torkil Baden reporting for Kulturkompassset. Photo Liv Baden.

New success for Marius Holst? Here with Torkil Baden reporting for Kulturkompassset. Photo Liv Baden.

Marius Holst won great acclaim for movies like Ti kniver i hjertet (1994), Øyenstikker (2001 and Kongen av Bastøy (2010). His new production is based on the prize winning documentary book by Marte Michelet Den største forbrytelsen. As in the book the movie picks out one family, Harry Braude and his family, amongst the five hundred jews who went with the ship Donau from Oslo in 1942 to German extinction camps.

The movie Betrayed, shows how not only Norwegian nazis, but also regular police played a part in this shameful affair, so far from the usual heroic image of Norway resisting the German occupation.

The production team includes writer Harald Rosenløw Eeg, and 12 mill.  Norwegian kroner, 1.3 mill. euro, has been granted in support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Nicolaj Lie Kaas will be police inspector for the fourth time, here in Cannes with Liv Baden. Photo Torkil Baden

Nicolaj Lie Kaas will be police inspector for the fourth time, here in Cannes with Liv Baden. Photo Torkil Baden

From Denmark came news about a fourth film about police inspector Carl Mørck as portrayed by the writer Jussi Adlser-Olsen. Again Nicolaj Lie Kaas will star in Journal 64.

A new swedish family film will star Peter Haber who leaves his celebrated role in Beck. His new role will be in The Adventures of Halvdan Viking.

Peter Haber goes from policeman Beck to viking. Photo Liv Baden 

Peter Haber (left) goes from policeman Beck to viking. (Right is Torkil Baden Kulturkompassets Riviera expert), Photo Liv Baden

Trollywood 

All the movies will in parts be produced by the company Film i Väst. Twenty five years ago the film people took over the abandoned car factory of SAAB in the small city of Trollhättan, now nicknamed Trollywood.  The city of Gothenburg and two other smaller cities contribute to the activity. They get their money back, and the shooting and the administration contributes decisively to the employment in the region.

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