Norwegian director Grethe Bøe-Wall’s Operation Arctic (Operasjon Arktis), which has already taken more than 250,000 domestic admissions, will screen in Sundance Kids, the new programme for children’s films at the US festival in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, which takes place between 22 January-1 February, 2015.
Bøe-Wall’s feature debut is the first Norwegian kidpic invited to Sundance, and CEO John M. Jacobsen, of the film’s production company, Filmkameratene, takes it as a sign that international audiences also appreciate the quality of Norwegian family movies.
Scripted by Bøe-Wall, from Norwegian author Leif Hamre’s novel, Operation Arctic is described as a modern day Robin Crusoe adventure, following 13-year-old Julia and her eight-year-old twin siblings Ida and Sindre, who – by a misunderstanding – are left on a deserted island.
The three children are faced with both blizzards and hungry polar bears in the Jacobsen, Sveinung Golimo and Marcus Brodersen production, starring Nicolai Cleve Broch, Line Verndal, Kristofer Hivju and Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, and shot at Svalbard, Bodø and at the Filmparken studios.
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