China picks up the Norwegian biopic ‘Amundsen’

The Chinese sales/distribution company H.G.C Entertainment has picked up the rights to the upcoming biopic on Roald Amundsen, Amundsen, Variety reports.

Amundsen is a Norwegian historical drama about the Arctic Explorer Roald Amundsen. He was the first to reach the South Pole on the 14th of December 1911, and in 1926 he was the first expedition leader for the air expedition to the North Pole. This makes him the first person to reach both poles. He also is the first person to have traversed the Northwest Passage in the Arctic.

The film stars Pål Sverre Hagen (In Order of Disappearance) as Roald Amundsen, Trond Espen Siem (Varg Veum) as Fridtjof Nansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (Cave), and Christian Rubeck (Nobel) alongside American actress Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts). Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Max Manus) is directing.

H.G.C Entertainment will release Amundsen in China and sell the movie across Asia (excluding Japan and Taiwan). Amundsen has also been pre-sold to the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Bonton Film), Taiwan (Chai Chang Intl.), and the ex-Yugoslavian countries (Stars Media Intl.)

Amundsen is currently in post-production. It will be shown to buyers at the American Film Market, and then released in Norway on the 15th of February, where it is already predicted to be the biggest release of the year. It will also be released to the other Nordic countries around the same time. The Asian release is due for next spring.

A teaser has been released, which you can watch below.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.