Norwegian cinema looking strong with 15 premieres before the end of the year

Norwegian cinema is looking at a fairly strong 2016. Overall, admissions are up 16% so far and this should continue with fifteen new Norwegian films hitting the big screen over the next five months.

The Norwegian ‘autumn film collection’ came this week at the Oslo Film House by the Norwegian Film Institute’s managing director Sindre Guldvog, and was also screened in Bergen, one of the top regions for Norwegian filmmaking. Guldvog praised the Norwegian audience’s interest in documentaries, after all, Mannen Fra Snasa is the third biggest Norwegian film of 2016.

However, the head of the NFI stressed that high quality films have a strong ability to recoup financing from other sources other than state money. Fifteen new Norwegian films this year were produced with only 37% of state subsidies. This announcement that so few funding is going to Norwegian films, and their almost need to look elsewhere, is interesting considering Rushprint published an article about ‘what’s eating the NFI’ in a search for where the money is actually going. You can read that article (in Norwegian) here.


The film getting the most attention is The Lion Woman. This is Norwegian director Vibeke Idsøe’s first film in six years, and will open the upcoming Norwegian International Film Festival on the 20th of August. We’ll be reviewing the film and interviewing the cast and crew for our September magazine, so keep your eyes out!

Second is Hallvard Bræin’s Børning 2: On Ice, the sequel to the widely successful car-racing comedy Børning, which also become the most popular Norwegian film of 2014 with its four Amanda awards.

“The productions have been 37% supported by government funding – the rest of the budgets come from international pre-sales, private investors who have faith in films, and filmmakers’ investments,” said the institute’s managing director, Sindre Guldvog, at the season introduction attended by producers, directors and actors from the films.

“It shows that the filmmakers have a strong will to get their films made, and that they are talented at attaining national and international finance, which is necessary in an increasingly international market. The result is even better Norwegian films, and the eventual winner of this is the cinema audience,” Guldvog concluded. (quotes via the Nordisk Film & TV Fond)


Here are some of the films we can be expecting this year:

The Lion Woman

Directed by Vibeke Idsøe, starring Rolf Låssgard (A Man Called Ove)

After a novel by Norwegen Writer Erik Fosnes Hansen from 2006. The title means “The Lion Woman” in English. Film and book describe the early years in the life of Eva, a girl born with hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita, an illness which makes hairs grow over large parts of one’s body. Eva is examined by doctors in humiliating ways, and bullied in school. She falls in love, experiences respect and disrespect. In her teens, Eva travels in a theater group together with other folk who suffer from rare diseases.


Børning 2

Directed by Hallvard Bræin, starring Anders Baasmo Christensen


The King’s Choice

Directed by Erik Poppe, starring Jesper Christensen (The Legacy), Anders Baasmo Christensen and Tuva Novotny

On the 9. of April, German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The king of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever.


Directed by Benjamin Ree

From child prodigy to chess genius.


Directed by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, starring Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Benjamin Helstad

A group of former military elites set out to explore an uncharted abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground.




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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.