New premium television drama about Princess Märtha to be made in Norway

A new premium drama series is being made in Norway that will show the Nazi Occupation from the perspective of Princess Märtha.

Titled Atlantic Crossing (or Alt for Norge in Norwegian), the series will follow Princess Märtha as she is forced to flee to the United States and live in the White House, where she tried to persuade President Roosevelt to enter the war.

Princess Märtha of Sweden was married to the Crown Prince Olav V, who was next in line for the thrown after his father, Haakon VII. When the war started, she fled to Sweden with her children, but was not well received, with many believing she had put Sweden’s neutral status in jeopardy. Some even suggested she return her three-year-old son, Harald, to Norway so the Germans can proclaim him King. She received an invitation to go to the White House, which she accepted. Meanwhile, her husband Olav V went to the United Kingdom with his father, and the family remained separated for the war. The current Norwegian king, Harald, is her only son.

The series will attempt to tell the stories of war from a female perspective, and strong female characters will feature heavily, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, lady-in-waiting Ragni, the mother Ingeborg and the child princesses Ragnhild and Astrid.

Filming is set to start this summer.

Atlantic Crossing is one of three premium television series that have received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute in their tax rebate initiative that targets international productions shooting in Norway. Previous recipients of the rebate are Downsizing, The Snowman and Mission Impossible 6, the first two having received rather negative reviews upon release. Now, it seems the NFI is keeping their money as local as possible and allocating the rebate to three Norwegian television series that still manage to meet the criteria with 30% funding from foreign companies.

The second television series that is part of the rebate is Wisting, which is a crime series based on Jørn Lier Horst’s best-selling novels. The series will follow detective William Wisting who dedicates his life to solving the senseless and vicious murders that shock his small town. Filming started last month.

The third series that was accepted is Beforeigners (Fremvandrerne), which is written by the same team behind Lilyhammer. The series is about two individuals who arrive in Oslo, and they turn out to be the first of many people from the past who seek refuge in our time.

No more Norwegian production incentives will be allocated in 2018.


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.