The Norwegian ‘Movies on War’ Film Festival

The fifth Movies on War Film Festival will take place in Elverum this week, and the festival has announced its full programme. The festival has 20 mostly recent Nordic and international films, and is headed by festival director Mona Pedersen.

Norwegian director Erik Poppe will attend this years festival, showing scenes from his new film The King’s Choice, which was partially shot in the region where the events it depicts took place. The film stars Jesper Christensen (The Legacy) and Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Børning) and follows Germany’s invasion of Norway on the 8th of April, where King Haakon VII was faced with the German’s demand for capitulation, a passive government and a Crown Prince ready for action. The king refused the German ultimatum, and the Nazi response was a naval take, which was repelled by the Oscarsborg Fortress.


The festival will be opened by The Fencer – Finland’s entry for the Oscar and a film about a Stalin-era, set in Soviet-occupied Estonia where a teacher is on the run from the secret police. Every Face Has a Name will also screen at the festival – and confronts Swedish immigrants with 1945 newsreel footage 70 years after they took their first steps into freedom at Malmo was survivors from the German WWII concentration camps.

At the Norwegian Railway Museum, Norwegian director Erling Borgen will screen his new film, Swastika Profiteers, about how Norwegian authorities and private companies exploited the 130,000 slave labourers who came to Norway during WWII.

Following Norwegian pubcaster NRK’s TV series The Heavy Water War, the festival will show The Battle for Heavy Water, the Norwegian 1948 reconstruction (by Jean Drévilleand Titus Vibe-Müller) of the 1943 allied sabotage of the Rjukan factory in order to prevent the Nazis from developing the atomic bomb.

Source: Cineuropa

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.