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New Norwegian comedy series shot in both English and Norwegian

A new Norwegian comedy series premieres next month, and, like Vikingane, they have shot it in both English and Norwegian.

Titled One Night, the series follows Elizabeth (MyAnna Buring) and Jonas (Anders Baasmo Christiansen), who meet on a blind date. One Night is shot in ‘real time’, and as they get to know each other, we do too.

Following the recent success of Norwegian television series like SkamOne Night wanted international attention. For that reason, they chose to shoot in English. Already it is creating buzz, having been named one of the top ten foreign ‘must see series’ by Deadline.

The series was shot in forty days in both English and Norwegian, with every scene filmed twice.

As the director Øystein Karlsen explains in an interview to the Norwegian newspaper VG, Anders Baasmo Christiansen was unable to do the English-language versions of the series due to a death in the family. Instead, the Icelandic actor Gísli Örn Gardarsson was able to step in:

“He did it in 3 days notice, which must be regarded as extremely brave. But what was most impressive was MyAnna Buring completing a 250 page script in two languages, all the while having a three-month-old baby.” Karlsen says.

One Night premieres in Norway in early February. While they are intended, no international release dates have been announced.

You can watch a clip of One Night on the VG website here. 

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.