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World War II films never-ending in Scandinavia; ‘The Battles of Narvik’ in production

Described as ‘the greatest battles in history on Norwegian soil’, an important event in WWII history is now going to be made into a television series and potential feature film, thanks to Nordic production giant Nordisk Film.

The head of Norway’s Nordisk Film Productions, Aage Aaberge, who is currently working on Harald Zwart’s World War II action-drama 12th Man, signed the contract to produce another World War II epic, titled The Battles of Narvik.

Norwegian producer Storyline NOR and the Narviksenteret WWII museum have been working for years on a film that documents the historical battles of 9th April – 8th June following Nazi Germany’s occupation of Norway: first the naval battle between the British Royal Navy and Germany’s Kriegsmarine, then the two-month land campaign between Norwegian, French, British and Polish troops and German mountain troops and paratroopers.

Aaberge expects it will take another year to complete the script, then two more to produce the TV series/movie. Norwegian regional film centre FilmCamp Måselv has contributed to the pre-production of the project, and is also expected to benefit from the production.

No release date has been announced.

Info via 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.