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Unsentimental brotherhood

Petter Næss has made a film about brotherhood between enemies during the Second World War, and he has managed it without falling into the traps of sentimentality.

Sentimentality and lack of credibility are the pitfalls when making a film about brotherhood between enemies during the Second World War. Director Petter Næss avoided both of those with the help from a solid and subtle style of storytelling.

I went to the screening with a certain sense of skepticism since early trailers revealed that we will be seeing British and German soldiers working together to survive the wild Norwegian winter mountains. Why should we believe this – why don’t the three German shoot the two Brits, or vice versa, as soon as the two parties collide in a desolate cabin?

But the scriptwriters and the director indicate that guns aren’t always the easiest in the wilderness. At the same time, Næss understands that he has to use a lot of the screen time to challenge the project of brotherhood before there can even be talk of cooperation, and not just friction inside of the windy walls.

In the beginning, the atmosphere becomes really toxic when the German Lieutenant Horst Schopis (Florian Lukas) draws a dividing line over the cabin floor and keeps the two Brits as prisoners of war in one end of the room.

While the blizzard sends icy winds through the thin timber, the most hot-tempered guys try to hit the opposing party with scorn and mockery. Luckily, the director has picked talented actors to shape distinctive characters and lets them speak a believable mixture of German and English.

On the British side, the highly educated fighter pilot Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer) forms a striking contrast to the man from Liverpool’s working streets, Robert Smith (Rupert Grint), who spews his contempt towards Nazis in a popular manner. Great character portrayal.

On the German team, the spectrum is also well taken care of. Lieutenant Schopis emerges as a German man of honor, Sergeant Wolfgang Strunker (Stig Henrik Hoff) is a silent, persistent warrior while Corporal Josef Schwartz (David Kross) is the hard dedicated Nazi who we are taught to believe all German were like.

Now, it takes a lot of dramatic increase, both on the outer and the inner level, to keep a five man chamber play going without having the audience lose interest. But the script constantly offers new twists while the food and firewood decrease and the infection increases rapidly in old wounds.

When death threatens and the enemies finally decide to work together, the director has succeeded in his objective: We’ve become so familiar with strengths and weaknesses of the individuals that we want them to survive, all five of them.

Refining the image of the enemy can only be done decades after the end of the war. Nevertheless, you can say that “Into the White” has been made before. Næss humanizes the counterpart just like director Christian Carion did in “Joyeux Noël” (2005): In order to celebrate Christmas Eve during the First World War, Scottish, French and German soldiers put down their weapons and become friends in the trenches for a moment. But that film fell slightly into a ditch of sentimentality. Instead, Næss uses the northern lights to create an amazingly beautiful unifying image: Under the night sky we’re all equal, regardless which coat of arms adorns the uniform.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 10, 2012

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Deeply human

”Into the White” is a quiet war film without bombs and big battles. This is perhaps what makes it so beautiful?

There has been many expectations related to “Into the White” and it is not without reason. It’s a different, melancholic and nostalgic war film which is both traditional and innovating in its cinematography.

An acting film

To planes, a British and a German, shoot each other down over Norway. In the blizzard, all five seek shelter in the same mountain cabin, and there they have to survive, not to mention live with each other.

“Into the White” is a film that puts focus on the human aspect of war, and exactly that’s why this is a film for the actors. And they have to deliver with a ramshackle wooden cabin as almost the only backdrop.

And they have put together quite a team of characters! Sparks fly from every character portrayal, and the casting is so right, I can’t remember having seen anything better ever.

It’s incredibly refreshing to see Rupert Grint removed from the Potter-universe and put into this kind of film. It’s also nice that he has picked this particular role as pilot Smith after having swum in offers. And he made the right decision. He reveals both a depth and a great comedic talent in his inventory and brings forth both laughter and tears.

Florian Lukas must also be pulled forward for his interpretation of Lieutenant Horst Schopis. Out of the German, flat, almost caricatured stone face he brings forward a person little by little.

Stig Henrik Hoff also manages the stunning feat of making his arch-German soldier into a personality where he could have been a parody.


Great directing, beautiful images of the Norwegian landscape and warm humor spices up the experience and makes us forget the tiny flaws in script and setting. It is completely different things that sticks with us for a long time afterwards.

Thanks for this!

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 10, 2012

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Norwegian Reviews – translated by ICM

Here you can find translations of various reviews of Into the White from the Norwegian press:

“All the characters are carefully nuanced and played with warmth and depth by the talented actors. Rupert Grint stands out with his rebellious and cheeky Liverpool gunner, together with our own Stig Henrik Hoff as the little talkative German, Strunk. The relationship between the two is perhaps the best thing about the entire film.”

Great chamber play

The Norwegian film ”Into the White” offers chamber play of a certain class between Norwegian, German and British actors.

Two planes battle it out over the Norwegian mountains. A British fighter plane and a German bomber shoot each other down and both land in a white and cold Arctic. They are left without food and heat and all the survivors, three Germans and two Brits, find the same cabin. Instead of fighting, they decide to try and survive together. This leads to many challenges, and not least power struggles and discussions about the events of the war.

The shooting down of the planes and the crash landings themselves are done in the cheapest way possible, only the soundtrack and some shadows suggest that a battle is ongoing. But the battles are not the point of the film. It is the meeting between the five men in the cabin on top of the mountain that forms the core of the film.

Good actors make this a great movie experience:

Lieutenant Horst Schopis is played by Florian Lukas and he is one of Germany’s most acclaimed actors. Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff, last seen in the American “The Thing”, plays the German Sergeant Wolfgang Strunker, and he seems to be having great fun in the role.

The young Corporal Schwarz is played by David Kross, known from “The Reader”, while Captain P. Davenport is played by Lachlan Nieboer, known from the award-winning science fiction series “Torchwood”. The icing on the cake is perhaps the fact that Private Robert Smith is played by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.

Now it has to be said that it’s mostly fun that Grint is in the film, he is not the one who provides the greatest acting performance.

Initially, the film limps a little; it takes a while before the setting of the cabin sticks.

Thus, the film can be perceived in the same way as a concert, it takes a while before the band members are warmed up. As soon as the actors have warmed up it becomes an intense and interesting drama which shows deeper aspects of the people, that they’re not only British and Nazis, but people with dreams, hopes and weaknesses.

Director Petter Næss has managed to make a film with nerve, which is well worth seeing.

The film is also based on a true story.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: Hamar Arbeiderblad | March 8, 2012

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Cosy war

”Into the White” is a melancholic feel-good film from the days of occupation.

The horrors of war aren’t that terrible in “Into the White”, a dramatic comedy which resembles a feel-good film from the days of occupation, with a big heart and medium criticism.

A German and a British plane shoot each other down over the Norwegian mountains. Almost simultaneously, the surviving crews discover an abandoned cabin. One side has guns, the other side doesn’t. But the situation concerning prisoners of war evolves first into a collaboration controlled by sense, then genuine solidarity and respect. But the war encroaches once again.

Offensive Grint
Director Petter Næss and his sympathetic ensemble create great types who create effective friction when confined to the same small space. Among the Germans are the sensible Lieutenant who hides his fear of losing control (Florian Lukas), the rash young ideologue (David Kross) and the silent giant with hidden talents (Stig Henrik Hoff). They meet the slightly too handsome British Captain with a face that expresses major confidence (Lachlan Nieboer) and his offensive subordinate (Rupert Grint). It’s nice to see Grint show off more sides to himself than what he was able to do in the “Harry Potter” films; here, he provides a great comedic timing while carrying the underlying anxiety that the situation requires.

Irritating at times

There are moments of irritation. The script has a handful of enervating overly clarified details (“We fought three British planes and survived. We shot one of them down”, one of the Germans says to the other two. Like they don’t know it). The five men are often noticeably walking around in shirtsleeves despite finding themselves in a barren cabin and worrying about running out of wood. And at one point, something happens to one of the Germans which undoubtedly would have created far more anxiety and pain than what he demonstrates.


“Into the White” is a psychological easy win. But it is warm and welcoming in its unpretentious and slightly wistful manner. The story, which is based on real events, is reminiscent of a sort of old-fashioned, innocent rogue novel. And Næss can take credit for this: He has a special ability to make films consisting of only somewhat nice people, without the end result being too tame. And it is the same way with “Into the White”

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 8, 2012

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Into the White – Great about enemies in the mountains

Into the White is based on real events and I understand why this had to become a film.

There are a many ingredients for a solid drama, with good nerve and strong development of the characters from beginning to end.

Director Petter Næss (Elling, Bare Bea, Tatt av kvinnen) tells the story with the safety of a veteran and that results in a fine film that still could have benefited from an even more insecure atmosphere with greater intensity in the nerve battle.

Intense tug of war
The story begins on April 27 1940. A German and a British plane shoot each other down over the Norwegian mountains.

Miraculously, most of the people on board survive, three German and two Brits. And what is even more incredible – they find the same hunting cabin during a blizzard.

Here, an intense tug of war begins over the control of the cabin, while at the same time they have to work together to survive.

Shadows on the mountains
I feel a little bit cheated by the film poster which is adorned by a burning bomber. That’s why I’m a bit disappointed when we don’t see a single plane in the air, only their shadows on the mountains.

Actually, it’s clever directing. Plane scenes would probably be expensive and it has nothing to do with the rest of the story, strictly speaking. It’s only when the men are on the ground that the real story begins.

So it might be okay, but it would have been cool with some real flying action above Jotunheimen, which also might have explained the crew’s frayed nerves.

Dialogue driven drama
A lot of the action takes place inside the hunting cabin which acts as a credible backdrop for the drama. The surroundings seem cold, Spartan and inhospitable.

This might also make the film a little less audience-friendly. The visual impressions can become a bit monotonous at times, but it is what happens between the guys that is important, not the outer dressings.

Here it is important that the dialogue is sharply written, which I think it is at times, but not all the way. Fortunately, the dialogue alternates believably between German, English and Norwegian.

Distinctive personalities
Petter Næss has found five different actors, each with their own distinctive personality.

Florian Lukas is the assertive German Officer, David Kross is the scared mechanic while Stig Henrik Hoff is great as the silent navigator.

Lachlan Nieboer is believable as the self-assured British upper-class Officer while Rupert Grint shows a greater range as an actor in the role as a gunner than he had the chance to do in the Harry Potter films.

Room for nuances
Into the White has its best scenes when the enemies gradually begin to look at each other with a less hostile gaze. The mistrust gives way for mutual respect.

This gradual approach is portrayed well by Næss, and this provides the story with room for nuances.

So the film keeps the events interesting almost the entire way through, even though I could wish for a more action-packed beginning, and a stronger nerve between the four walls of the cabin.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 8, 2012

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I was quite nervous

Rupert Grint shows off his singing voice in ”Into the White”. It wasn’t all fun and games. Side2 met the star in Oslo.

Rupert Grint became world famous after playing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” films. Now the wand has been put on a shelf and Grint has to try to prove that he can play more than just a young wizard student.

He does this in Petter Næss’ new film “Into the White”. Here he plays Private Robert Smith who crashes into the Norwegian mountains with Captain Charles P. Davenport in 1940. In order to seek shelter from a blizzard, they approach a shabby hunting cabin. But here they find three Germans. Despite being bitter enemies they now have to work together to survive.

Side2 met Grint in connection with the launch of the film.

Was going on a date

Robert Smith is a provocative type that like to make the Germans angry. Grint tells us that he’s not that provocative himself.

“I don’t think I’m like that. I’m very calm and that might be a little irritating sometimes”, he says.

Smith gets told by his superior to try to be provocative in the film.

“Smith follows orders and wants to provoke the Germans. He’s very frustrated about being there. It doesn’t suit him that he’s in the cabin because he’s really supposed to be on a date that night. The frustration is released through the provocations”, he says.

Displays a softer side

The woman Smith was supposed to go on a date with is – according to the character himself – the prettiest woman on the military base. To charm her he sang “Over the Rainbow” as well as he could. He repeats the performance out in the mountains. Grint says that this wasn’t his favourite scene to film.

“I was pretty nervous beforehand. It’s a tricky song to sing, especially when it’s freezing. And I was standing on top of the mountain so it would create an echo, and it seemed like the whole world could hear me”, he laughs.

Luckily he made it through without any problems.

“It went well and it’s a nice development for the character. Before this, he was just angry and tough but now he displayed a softer side”, he says.

Haven’t tried it himself
He has never tried to impress girls by singing himself.

“No, singing is not quite my thing”, he smiles.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Kind of scary

The Harry Potter star Rupert Grint on fans, himself and the future.

“It’s somewhat unexpected and nice to have support from the fans, because it is kind of scary to be in a new film”, Rupert Grint admits.

The British Harry Potter star and millionaire is low-key and dressed in a red Spiderman sweater when BA meets him in Bergen on Wednesday.

“It’s just as rainy here as where I grew up”, Grint smiles.


He can currently be seen in the film “Into the White” where he plays a British soldier who strands in a Norwegian hunting cabin with German soldiers during the war. Grint’s character provides a lot of the humor in the film.

Are you just as fiery and rude as Smith in “Into the White”?

“I’m quite the opposite, actually. Laidback and a little reserved. I don’t quite know how I would react in that situation. But it was fun to play someone like that”, Rupert Grint says.

He was keen on finding a film that was different than the Harry Potter films, after that adventure ended.

“I liked the story and the war has always interested me. The opportunity to experience an extreme climate was also tempting.
I had never been to Norway before and the mountain scenery blew me away. It was like a lunar landscape with constantly changing weather. It was difficult to stay in character when it was that windy”, he smiles. “But it was really fun.”

Eddie the Eagle

Rupert Grint also had the opportunity to explore Stryn.

“And it was nice to try and ski as well, even though I failed at it”, he says with a twinkle in his eye.

Holmenkollen was another place that made an impression during his last visit to Norway.

Did you go out onto the jump?

“No, I just saw it from below. It was impressive.”

In fact, Rupert Grint’s next role is to portray the ski jumper Eddie the Eagle.

“He was a very brave guy. He must have been, to do what he did. My father always talked about him. He was a bit crazy as well.”

The Brit has a sense for picking roles outside of the ordinary.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Guys on cabin excursion

A German and a British plane shoot each other down in the middle of the Norwegian mountains in a terrible blizzard. There’s your starting point.

Three German soldiers fight their way through to a little hunting cabin several miles from the nearest civilization, but are quickly surprised by uninvited guests in the form of two British soldiers. After the immediate frictions and hostilities between the two crews, a warm friendship and cooperation to survive the nasty Norwegian winter begins.

Into the White” is a very good film, or at least it becomes one eventually. The story is based on a true story and director Petter Næss has gathered a handful of international acting talents to bring these characters to life, including “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint. And it works very well.

In order for this film to be successful there is one thing that needs to work above all other things: the interaction between the actors/characters. Here, the film succeeds to the tee. All the characters are carefully nuanced and played with warmth and depth by the talented actors. Rupert Grint stands out with his rebellious and cheeky Liverpool gunner, together with our own Stig Henrik Hoff as the little talkative German, Strunk. The relationship between the two is perhaps the best thing about the entire film.

But one thing must be said: It is hard to really believe that Stig Henrik is German with the broad Norwegian-German that he demonstrates throughout the film. Thankfully, he covers this with his interesting and somewhat mysterious character. All the actors are able to create human and deep characters with their own distinct story and background. Petter Næss does a good job on the directing side of things and tells the story tightly and efficiently, without being derailed from that which is in focus: The collaboration for survival.

However, it does not begin that well. During the less than spectacular plane crash scene, and the long walk up to the cabin for the Germans, the film is given a far too slow and boring pace. It becomes a bit much, and the characters aren’t built up enough in the beginning for us to have compassion for those that tread through several thousand meters of snow. The plane crash is only shown through the shadows on the snow, apparently to save on the budget. Cleverly done, but it makes the film seem a bit inadequate.

However, when the British soldiers show up on the doorstep, the film rises a couple of degrees. We become witnesses to a war in miniature, between the Germans and the Brits. A war that is forgotten when the struggle for survival sets in. The film is very well done technically and offers a lot of beautiful shots of the Norwegian mountains. It’s a good piece of cinematic craftsmanship that we’re presented with from Petter Næss & co.

The film is not a war film, which might have been the impression beforehand. This is a warm drama film which is set against the Second World War, and offers very little action. On the other hand, what you do get, is a film packed with warmth, excitement and story-telling. And that’s quite alright. “Into the White” delivers.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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From wizardry to mountains and hugs

Rupert Grint is part of the Norwegian film “Into the White”. – It was fun to do something completely different after the Harry Potter films, the film star says.

It’s early afternoon on Scandic Hotel in Bergen and Rupert Grint blows the hair out of his eyes. Most people know him as Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s somewhat unpredictable best friend with a heart of gold. Now he has been on a tour around Norway to promote his latest film “Into the White”.

Screaming and giggling– You’re only allowed to ask questions about the film, the press official for the third time before she stands behind the Norwegian director Petter Næss.

That means that all questions about Grint’s relationship status and what the superstar really thinks about Norwegian girls are put on ice.

However, one thing remains certain, some Norwegian girls like Rupert Grint. Outside the window, five young girls are standing in jackets, hats and wide grins. Every time Grint glances outside onto the street, it is reciprocated with screaming and giggling.

– Frustrated
– Rupert has been very professional. “Very well prepared”, director Petter Næss says while nodding towards the 23-year-old Grint.

– Norwegian actors aren’t always that prepared and it was nice to work with someone who shows up and is ready to go.

“Into the White”, which is shot in a freezer in Sweden and in the Norwegian mountains on Grotli, is based on a true story. During the Second World War a British and a German plane shoot each other down in the Norwegian mountains. Three German and two British soldiers survive the crash landing and coincidences lead to them ending up in the same hunting cabin.

– Yeah, I play a quite frustrated and angry British pilot. He has a girl who’s waiting for him at home and it really doesn’t suit him that he has to sleep in the wilderness with the Germans, Grint says while laughing.

– But I’ve never played such a role before. The character is so provocative and fiery, he’s very unlike myself.

Life after Potter
The filming of “Into the White” occurred right after Grint had finished the eighth and last Harry Potter film.

– It was fun to do something else. No matter how much I enjoy playing the same character for ten years, it’s fun to loosen the tie a bit and play a hothead with an outdated teletubby suit. Grint resorted to a Liverpool accent in order to get into character.

– It was fitting for the part, the dialect sounds bit argumentative and angry. The only downside was the fact that no one could understand me, I had trouble understanding myself at times, Grint says.

“Very believable”
He is unsure about what he would do in a war situation himself.

– I would probably react the same way as in the film, with frustration, Rupert Grint says.

– We showed the film to war veterans before it was released and they thought it was very believable, Næss says, who tells us that they have been in contact with some of the people that the film is based upon.

It was important to Næss to show that there are good people on both sides of the war.

– After all, it is people underneath the uniforms and I wanted to show that, the director says.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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