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Two new Norwegian genre movies are in production

Norwegians love genre. Think about their war dramas, of which there is at least one a year (The 12th Man, The King’s Choice, Max Manus), or perhaps their horrors (Cold Prey, Villmark), their comedy horrors (Dead Snow), their mythological films (Troll Hunter, Thale), racing movies (Børning), and most famously – their disaster movies (The Wave and The Quake). This love of genre comes from the Norwegians close association with Hollywood and American culture – they have been in love with American movies since the silent era, and have tended to stay closer to Hollywood than Scandinavia throughout their film history.

After the success of The Quake, which was released a month ago, two more genre films have been announced. 

The first is John Andreas Andersen’s Project X (currently untitled), which will have a budget of 72 million NOK – to compare, The Wave and The Quake had budgets of around 50 million NOK, so 72 million NOK is a lot for a Norwegian movie. Andersen directed The Quake, so he is sure experienced for a new disaster movie. No details about the movie have been announced. 

The second film comes from director Pål Øie, who is equally experienced in genre as he directed Villmark and Villmark Asylum. His film, which is called The Tunnel, is about a father and daughter caught in a fire inferno. A winter storm is raging in the mountains when a fire starts in a tunnel, keeping travellers returning home for Christmas trapped and fighting for survival. The film will start production in February 2019. The Tunnel will be made for 35 million NOK.

The Norwegian Film Institute gave Project X 15 million NOK and The Tunnel 7 million NOK. 

Do you like Norwegian genre movies?

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.