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Norwegian film has best year in four decades

Norwegian film has had its best year in nearly four decades, with roughly three million people going to see local films.

“Over the past ten years, Norwegian films drew between two and 2.5 million [per year]. One has to go back to 1975, the year when Flåklypa Grand Prix premiered to find figures like this year,” Guttorm Petterson, the head of the cinema association Film & Kino told business daily Dagens Næringsliv.

The biggest film of the year was the Oscar shortlisted The King’s Choicewhich had over 700,000 tickets sold. The family Christmas film Snekker Andersen og Julenissen and action film Børning 2 were also well attended, and all three topped several big Hollywood productions like Me Before You, Deadpool and Ice Age: Collision Course.

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.