The life of Sonja Hennie to be depicted in new Norwegian film

The next film from Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky will be sold around the world with the Scandi sales agency trustNordisk.

Titled Queen of Ice (Hjemlengsel in Norwegian), the film is about Sonja, who goes to Hollywood in 1936 to become a movie star. Her first film breaks the box office by selling the most tickets in the world in 1937. She becomes one of the richest women in her time, always surrounded by fans, lovers and family, never alone. As she gets older the spotlight is fading, but she refuses to quit. And it all collapses when she falls, drunk on the slushy ice, in Rio de Janeiro.

Queen of Ice may sound familiar to enthusiasts of figure skating; the film is indeed the true story of one of the world’s greatest athletes, Sonja Henie.

Norwegian actress Ine Marie Wilmann (Homesick, 2014, and Reprise, 2006) plays Sonja, and the film also stars Irish actress Valene Kane, Aidan McArdle and Malcolm Adams.

Director Anne Sewitsky debuted as a director with Happy, Happy, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and took home the Grand Jury Prize. The film later became the official Norwegian entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011 and was sold to more than 50 countries through TrustNordisk. Her third film is Homesick, which screened at Sundance and Toronto.

You can watch a clip from the film Hennie starred in that made her a movie star, One in a Million, below (or, if you have ninety minutes, watch the whole thing here):

Learn more at TrustNordisk


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.