Filmfest Oslo Magazine

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A word from the program director

My dream of a new film festival in Oslo has come true, and it is with great pleasure that I can ascertain that the program is very solid. It contains goodies for everyone.

We are especially proud of opening and closing the festival with Norwegian premieres. The opening feature Kompani Orheim is a very gripping and engaging childhood portrayal. The closing feature Into the White is a powerful and grand drama with an impressive cast list. Into the White will have its world premiere during Filmfest Oslo.

The competition program consists of films made by new, exciting talents. We believe these talents will characterize the film world in the coming years. Among the competitive films, we find the Australian Sleeping Beauty, the Icelandic Ildfjell, the Norwegian Kompani Orheim and the French Polisse. Discover tomorrow’s great talents at Filmfest Oslo.

The audience can also look forward to exciting meetings with Norwegian and international guests. It is exceptionally huge that the film legend Sir Ben Kingsley visits the festival in connection with the galla premiere of Martin Scorsese’s big Oscar film, Hugo Cabret. I am simply ecstatic that Sir Ben Kingsley is coming to Norway. We will also have a visit from another big actor, namely the Harry Potter star Rupert Grint who plays the leading role in Into the White. Read more about our other exciting guests further back in the magazine.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the staff and collaboration partners to Filmfest Oslo who have helped realize the dream of a new film festival in Oslo.

And with that, all that is left to do is wish the audience a very good filmfest!


Morten Steingrimsen, Program director Filmfest Oslo.

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Into the White
Norway, 2012, 1 hour 40 min
Director: Petter Næss
Sunday, 6 PM

Into the White is a big production of Zentropa Norway, the first after the successful Danish production company established itself in Norway in 2009. Petter Næss is the director in this war drama based on real events from the Second World War. Above the Norwegian mountains, a British and a German plane shoot each other down after a tough battle. Two British men and three Germans survive and seek shelter in the same cabin. The war has made them enemies, but they need to work together to survive in the Norwegian wilderness. While the war continues to rage in Europe, an unimaginable friendship and unity gradually grows in the Norwegian mountains. The experienced Petter Næss gets the opportunity to show off in a large format and with established international actors, including Rupert Grint known as Ron in the Harry Potter films. Into the White is a powerful character drama where the tough Norwegian winter climate in the mountains also play a significant role.

The actors Rupert Grint, David Kross, Florian Lukas among others, director Petter Næss and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen visit Filmfest Oslo and will attend the galla premiere of Into the White in the Folketeatret on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

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Closing feature: Into the White

Into the White by Petter Næss will have its world premiere when it closes Filmfest Oslo on March 4. In the main roles we will find the Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, David Kross known from The Reader, Florian Lukas (Good Bye, Lenin), Lachlan Nieboer (Torchwood, Downtown Abbey) and Stig Henrik Hoff. All the actors will attend the world premiere at the honorable Folketeateret at 6 PM. Into the White is inspired by a true story from the Second World War and tells the story of an animosity that is put to the test.

The program director Morten Steingrimsen is very enthusiastic about the fillm:
- Petter Næss is one of Norwegian film’s most recognized filmcreators, and it is with great pleasure that his Into the White closes the festival. It is a powerful and grand drama with an impressive cast list.

Petter Næss has previously made his mark with publically successful film as Absolutt blåmandag (1999), Elling (2001) and Tatt av kvinnen (2007). He is considered one of Norway’s most active film directors with a total of eight feature films in about ten years.

Every co-star from Into the White will be present at the world premiere in Folketeateret.

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Rupert Grint
During the last 10 years, we have gotten to know Rupert Grint in the role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Grint comes to Filmfest Oslo in connection with the premiere of Into the White. In this war film by Petter Næss, he plays the British soldier Robert Smith. This is his first role after the ending of the Harry Potter series last year. At the same time as the Harry Potter films, he has had big roles in films such as Cherrybomb and Wild Target. Rupert Grint will attend the galla premiere of Into the White Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

Stig Henrik Hoff
Stig Henrik Hoff is an experienced and extremely diverse actor. He has an extensive experience from theatre, tv and film. In 1997, he was nominated for an Amanda award for his main role in Knut Erik Jensen’s Brent av frost, and since then he has taken part in a number of films. Among others Pelle Politibil, Den som frykter Ulven, Hawaii, Oslo, DeUsynlige and Max Manus. Hoff plays Wolfgang Strunk in Petter Næss’ Into the White on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

Lachlan Nieboer
Lachlan Nieboer is a British actor who has his first big film role in Petter Næss’ Into the White. He plays the British Captain Charles P. Davenport. Nierboer is an educated actor from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Nierboer will attend the galla premiere of Into the White on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

David Kross
David Kross is a ferociously up-and-coming German actor who plays Unter officer Josef Schwartz in Petter Næss’ Into the White. He had his international breakthrough with a big role in The Reader where he played opposite Kate Winslet. He also takes part in Steven Spielberg’s new film, War Horse. David Kross is a name we will see much more of in the future. Kross will attend the galla premiere of Into the White on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

Florian Lukas
Florian Lukas is an award winning German actor who is perhaps best known internationally for his role as Denis in Good Bye, Lenin. He visits Filmfest Oslo with Petter Næss’ Into the White, where he plays one of the leading roles, the German Lieutenant Horst Schopis. Lukas will attend the galla premiere of Into the White on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

Petter Næss
Petter Næss have directed several of the most seen and nationally treasured Norwegian films during the last 15 years. Among others Elling, Bare Bea, Elsk meg I morgen og Tatt av kvinnen. He is considered one of our best directors and has also made films in USA and in Sweden. Into the White is his largest production so far with international famous actors and a dramatic story from the Second World War. The film is the beginning of Petter Næss’ collaboration with the production company Zentropa. Næss will attend the galla premiere of Into the White on Sunday March 4 at 6 PM.

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Translation by Malene and Majbritt.