Norway: the land of natural disasters with THE QUAKE coming to cinemas

Move over, The Wave – Norway has a new natural disaster in town.

Oh yes, they are funding a sequel to arguably the biggest film to come from Norway. The Wave is one of the few films to screen around the world, and has stretched as far as the US, Australia, Hong Kong and South East Asia, with premieres still happening more than twelve months after its release, which saw 800,000 Norwegians head to the cinema to see it.

Much like The Wave, The Quake is based on true events. The Quake (luckily a working title) is based on a 1904 earthquake (5.4 on the Richter scale), which hit Oslo and the surrounding areas. The film asks ‘what if we have a significantly larger earthquake? What if Oslo is significantly more vulnerable today than then?’ (though, being based in Bergen, good riddance! Kidding, we love Oslo).

Scripted by Norwegian screenwriters Harald Rosenløw Eeg and John Kåre Raake who delivered The Wave, this is no doubt going to be a big film too. It is a NOK 52.1 million production (5.6 million euros) and will be produced by Martin Sundland and Are Heidenstrøm of Fantefilm Fiction. Roar Uthaug won’t be directing this film (he’s busy on board a Roald Amundsen film), but it will be newcomer John Andreas Andersen in the directors chair. He has worked as a cinematographer on films like the upcoming The Snowman, as well as A Conspiracy of Faith and Headhunters, so he knows how to make a quake look good.

No release date is set as it’s still early days, but it will be interesting to see if The Quake shakes things up like The Wave did.


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.