Norwegian cinema heading for the best year since 1985

Cinema admissions in Norway are looking as though they will have their best year of cinema admissions since 1985 as ticket sales have already reached 5.8 million during the first six months.

While these admissions are mostly due to US productions (Deadpool, Me Before You, The Jungle Book), The Last King stands out as Norway’s biggest success this year with 270,976 admissions (Deadpool is the biggest seller with 312,000 admissions for comparison).

The Last King takes place in 1206 as Norway is raged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half of the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men, part of the ‘Birkebeinerne’.

Norway is set to have another similar major release in September, which Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice opening at the Bergen International Film Festival. This film takes place during the Second World War as German soldiers arrive in Oslo on the 9th of April. The film follows the King of Norway as he deals with the impeding threat and eventual occupation. Jesper Christensen (The Legacy) stars as King Håkon VII, the King of Norway during the Second World War.

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.