Norwegian director Harald Zwart to direct World War II epic

Norwegian director Harald Zwart is set to return home after his Hollywood success to produce a Norwegian film about World War II.

The film, titled The 12th Man, follows the story of Norwegian commando Jan Baalsrud’s escape from the Germans in Occupied Norway. Twelve Norwegian resistance fighters crossed the North Sea on a fishing boat from the Shetland Islands to sabotage the Nazis. Eleven were captured, tortured and killed, but only Baalsrud was able to get away to neutral Sweden.

Zwart made his last film in Norway eight years ago with Long Flat Balls II. He is the first Norwegian member of the Directors Guild of America, and has had international success with The Karate Kid.

The 12 Man is set to start production in sprint in the Troms region, and will be released in the Scandinavian countries in autumn 2017.



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.