OCCUPIED season two heading to the Norwegian Int’l Film Festival

Season two of the Norwegian political series Occupied has become the face of the Norwegian International Film Festival’s new television focus.

Occupied is based on an idea by Jo Nesbø and became a success story around the world when it premiered in 2015. The second season will be about a future Norway under Russia, the action having a more international flavour than the first season. The series will be available first on the Nordic streaming service Viaplay before airing on TV2.

The festival is turning to television, like many other film festivals around the world. Festival director Tonje Hardersen says “Norwegian TV series are doing well both at home and abroad. In addition to Norway’s excellent movie theatre scene, they have become an import part of the film landscape.”

Occupied season two will have its premiere of the first two episodes on the 21st of August. Director Erik Skjoldbjærg will be present at the premiere, together with actors Henrik Mestad, Janne Heltberg and Eldar Skar.

Other Nordic series also screening at the festival includes Norsemen 2 and the Icelandic series Prisoners. The first season of Norseman is about the everyday life in the village of Norheim around the year 790. The series will air on Netflix globally. The series was shot in both English and Norwegian. In the second season, more will be shot in international locations, including Scotland.

The stars of Shame will also be in Haugesund to present the nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize.

We spoke to director Erik Skjoldbjærg about season two. Read the interview here.


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.