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– You have made it cool to be ginger

Potter-hysteria on the red carpet. In Bergen!

“Oh My God! It’s really him!”, screamed the teenage fans from Bergen when Harry Potter star Rupert Grint visited Bergen.

– You have made it cool to be ginger. Please, give an autograph, was written on one of the posters that the girls had brought with them.

– This is pretty crazy, British Rupert Grint admits.

And he has eight “Harry Potter” premieres to compare it to.

A bit much
The line of autograph and picture hunters behaved well up until the car with the young star rolled up in front of the Magnus Barfot theatre. After that, it’s chaos. The “Harry Potter” star, who can be seen in the Norwegian film “Into the White” right now, takes his time so that many can get a picture and an autograph. But he thinks it’s a bit much.

– I’ve met some amazing fans during my stay in Norway, but right now they’re a bit wild, he says while he has to push himself through the crowd.

The conditions were a bit calmer when BA met Rupert Grint at the hotel a little earlier in the day. He is not as much of a joker as Ron Weasley in real life. And he’s not fiery and rude like the soldier in “Into the White”.

– I’m the complete opposite, actually. Laidback and slightly reserved. I don’t know how I would react in exactly that situation. But it was fun to play a guy like that, Rupert Grint says.

Liked the story
He was keen to find a film that was different from the Harry Potter films after that adventure had ended. In “Into the White” he plays a British pilot who is shot down and strands in a Norwegian hunting cabin with German soldiers. Grint’s character provides a lot of the humor in the film.

– I liked the story and I’ve always been interested in the war.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Working with a superstar

During the filming of Petter Næss’ new film ”Into the White”, Terje Strømstad worked closely with the superstar Rupert Grint among others. The guy from the West is full of praise when he is describing the British actor.

Rupert Grint is world-renowned for his role as Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley. You might think that such a guy would be difficult to deal with when he comes to little Norway to shoot a film, but no.

– Rupert is a very calm and easygoing guy, completely free of diva-like-qualities. You don’t really understand how big he is when you’ve lived so close with him for two months, but one day I took him to Stryn to have dinner, and then I understood it. The girls flocked around him to take pictures and get autographs, and he took his time with all of them, says Strømsand who had help from the Norwegian nature when he got to know the Brit.

– Happy to work together again

– It was me who picked him up at the trainstation when he arrived, and on the way up to Grotli it was a little quiet in the car. All of a sudden a moose came out onto the road and it refused to move. It became an exotic car ride for Rupert. The moose came as if ordered, he said with a laugh.

– Rupert was not just a nice guy, but also an incredibly talented actor. I hope I get to work with him again.

Fun to work with Næss

On a day to day basis, Terje Strømstad is a producer in the company Tappeluft Pictures, but it wasn’t difficult to accept with the phonecall came with the request to be production manager for Petter Næss in his film.

– Usually, I have enough to do with my own company, but this challenge seemed like so much fun that I couldn’t turn it down, he says.

The film “Into the White” is based on a true story from Second World War where British and German pilots fight out an air battle over the Norwegian mountains. When the planes crash, the pilots eventually end up at the same cabin and have to work together. Strømstad thinks that it’s a film that people should see.

– I absolutely think so. Imagine the tension that was between them when they were in that cabin. They couldn’t trust each other at all. At the same time, they are stuck there because of the weather and are dependent on each other to survive, he says, and takes the opportunity to brag a little of Petter Næss.

– He is a nice and determined director who knows exactly how he wants things. In addition to this, he is full of humor and creates a great atmosphere on set, he says.

Translated by Majbritt.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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The other face of the war

Living with your enemies.

With the Harry Potter star Rupert Grint in the lead, this war drama inspired by real events has been heavily promoted in the last couple of weeks.

Three German and two British soldiers have to share the same, simple, icy mountain cabin to survive after having shot each other down over the mountains in Norway in 1940.
Two young hotheads, Schwartz (David Kross) and Smith (Rupert Grint), a silent giant, well played in German by Stig Henrik Hoff, and the upper-class Brit Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer) against the slightly insecure German Officer Schopis (Florian Lukas). The young men find themselves in an icy white hell with little food and little firewood. In addition, one of them is seriously injured.

Petter Næss has succeeded in creating a believable dialogue in English, German and Norwegian. Nature works beautifully as a backdrop and the atmosphere inside the cabin is tense. The very first minutes are shamed by the fact that both the Brits and the Germans sound like parodies of themselves. The chamber play in the cabin works best when the guys start to get to know each other. But Næss never manages to pull out the great intensity. Unfortunately.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Anti-war film from Norwegian war history

“Into the White” tells a good story. Not to mention true. At least it’s inspired by hard facts. On April 27 1940, while the British and Germans fight along the Norwegian coast, a German and a British plane shoot each other down over Grotli in Oppland. Three German and two British soldiers survive in each of their own aircrafts.

There is a full blizzard on the mountain and the guys have to seek shelter. Incidentally, they arrive at the same cabin at approximately the same time. They agree to share it, but the Germans have weapons and thus the power. For as long as it lasts.

However, by the end, the struggle for survival becomes more important than politics and animosity.

Petter Næss has made a thought-provoking and powerful drama with the help from Danish production company Zentropa. It is not told with large gestures and loud bangs, here it is the interaction between people that is the driving force. There is also room for humor.

The cabin on the mountain is a microcosms, where the stupidity of the war is made visible. The similarities are greater than the differences when politics is peeled away in the struggle for survival.

This is a war film without the traditional hero and enemy images. Thus, it gives us more to think about.

An exciting team of actors has been assembled in the Norwegian mountains to make a feature film out of the war history. German Florian Lukas and British Lachlan Nieber are pilots Horst Schopis and Charles P. Davenport respectively, and do it with confidence and style.

Horst, which was also the pilots name in real life, was there to shape the character through talks with the actor and director. He didn’t get to see the film himself. Horst died last fall, 99 years old.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint does a good job in an adult-film debut as the rebellious and big-mouthed Robert Smith, gunner in the British plane. Stig Henrik Hoff debuts as a German, something that he does okay.

The film is well made. The fact that the script is based on facts adds an extra dimension.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Petter Næss has made a war film without heroes and bad guys.

A German and a British plane shoot each other down in the Norwegian mountains during the Second World War. The three German and two British soldiers end up in the same hunting cabin where they seek shelter from a blizzard. In order to survive, they have to work together.

“Into the White” is a war film with a slightly different angle than most other films in the genre. Here there are no bad guys and no heroes – just five men who do their best to survive.

The development between the soldiers in the cabin is exciting to follow. In the beginning they act like enemies despite of everything, but they quickly realize that it’s useless to fight against each other. Næss has built up the film in a leisurely pace, but without getting boring. The dialogue works well and the characters are believable and played by talented actors.

It’s good that the film isn’t as black and white as many other war films. Even though we meet two opposing parties, the audience does not need to choose sides. We cheer for both teams and are sympathetic with one side in one moment, and with the other side in the next.

The cold surroundings on the mountain is transferred to the theatre and you get chilly when seeing the images of swirling snow and red cheeks. The film is also full of beautiful nature images that will make even the most urban audience long for the mountains.

The fact that the story is inspired by real events makes it even more interesting. And it’s not difficult to feel sympathy for the characters who desperately try to find food and warmth in an empty cabin. The mixture between paranoia and survival instincts rubs off on the audience who are therefore drawn into the film in a good way.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Chamber play of the war

Finely tuned on the people behind the enemy image

“Into the White” has two back-stories, or sources of inspiration, if you will. They are connected. You can read about one of them in today’s Sideblikk. The other is about the drama which occurred on Strynefjell April 27 1940 when a German bomber was shot down by a British fighter plane which then had to crash land on the mountain. Three surviving Germans and two Brits are forced to seek shelter together in the same cabin near Grotli.

Scriptwriters Old Meldgaard, Dave Mango and Petter Næss recreates quite freely around the event, which was shorter in reality and turned out somewhat differently than in the world of fiction. Just one of the people involved – Horst Schopis – retains his full name. The others have had their first or last name changed. The Brit Charles Davenport was really called Richard Thomas Partridge.

That kind of geekish material is for history buffs.

The most important question in this context is: Have the filmmakers managed to make a well-functioning story? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

The story begins in a large and desolate landscape. The white mountains provide the setting to the initial drama; the shooting down of the planes and the struggle to find shelter. The mountains are indisputable Norwegian. At the same time, it is a concrete and metaphorical no-man’s-land, which limits visibility and perception of distance is wiped out by the snow.

Then gradually, the story moves into a chamber play. The three Germans who arrive at the cabin. The two Brits who show up a little while later. The hostility thickens under stress of the tight, miserable conditions illustrated by the lack of water and firewood. The struggle for power and the struggle for dignity, changing groupings.

And then, slowly, the crackling enemy image. The people and personalities that emerge as the situation requires more and more cooperation.

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “War Horse” touches upon some of the same things, in a scene where soldiers from different sides of the First World War’s trenches meet in no-man’s-land and work together to rescue Joey the horse.

It’s certainly unfair to compare a detached sequence in a two and a half hour long epic film to a film that exclusively focuses on that theme. The comparison still has relevance because it says something about the approach to the subject. Where Spielberg wraps his likely criticism of war in grand kitsch and superficial sentimentality, Næss uses a background of planks as a minimalistic venue for a quiet depth investigation of group dynamics and individual ties, without grand gestures or exaggerations, and with a deep humanism at the bottom of it.

At the same time, we are witnessing an ensemble play of a certain degree, performed by actors who perfectly inhabit their types and characters.

Three grouping develop: firstly, between the affirmed Nazi Joseph Schwartz (David Kross from the Oscar-winner “The Reader”) and Robert Smith (Harry Potter star Rupert Grint) – a cheeky working class boy from Liverpool. At the bottom of pecking order, they begin to pick on each other.

Then between Smith and the little talkative Strunk – played by Stig Henrik Hoff in a way that not only lives up to the character’s name, but also shows what an impressive actor Hoff is when he is given material to work with.

However, most interesting is the subtle interaction between Schopis (Florian Lukas) and Charles Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer). Both characterized by their military degree and code of honor, both with a refined upper-class feel. The air between them is full of a distinctive mixture of respect, competitiveness and friendly – possibly even erotic – attraction. The latter lies as an almost palpable, unreleased tension in the second half of the film and creates a fruitful charge, without getting oppressive for even a minute.

“Into the White” is universal, and therefore relevant. The film never becomes sentimental, just riveting, and at times also very witty.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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Filmfront met Rupert Grint and Lachlan Nieboer who can be seen in Into the White now.

Lachlan Nieboer and Rupert Grint are these days in Norway to promote their new film Into the White which is directed by Petter Næss. Nieboer is known from the series Torchwood and Downtown Abbey, while Grint is world famous after eight films as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. We sat down with the two Brits for an interview.

Jacob: Grint, what would you say the film is about?

Rupert Grint: The story is basically about two enemies from different sides who are forced to live together in a cabin and their relationship with each other and how the power shifts back and forth. It’s really about how it is to survive in this country’s extreme climate during the Second World War.

Jacob: What was filming like, Nieboer? Was it cold?

Lachlan Nieboer: Yes, it was really cold. At one point we had as much as 20 below zero or something like that. It’s weird, because we were three weeks in the cold and then by the end of filming the first of the three weeks it was actually pretty warm. The snow melted and we had this schizophrenic weather patterns, so yeah, we really had problems up there.

Jacob: It’s a pretty funny film with a lot of humor. Did you have a good time while filming with a lot of laughter on set?

Grint: Yeah, we had fun. It was pretty funny because we saw the film yesterday and there are a couple of scenes that arises because the characters do things without thinking about what it will lead to, which is something that makes it so genuinely comical. It was great fun!
Nieboer: Yeah, we had a laugh or two!

Jacob: Did the story impress you?

Nieboer: Yes, it made a really strong impression. It’s a very touching story and not least a true story. We expanded it a bit and changed a couple of things, but you know, these men, Horst Schopis and my character met a few years later as friends. This was something Horst Schopis himself, who I met last year, told me was very touching and of course that was very poignant to me.

Jacob: Grint, what would you say the film is trying to tell the audience?

Grint: It’s quite a different war film. I can point out the absurdity of war. By the end of it you’re not even thinking about war. It’s just about five men who are trying to survive and afterwards it’s all quite refreshing.

Jacob: Nieboer, can you recognize yourself in your character?

Nieboer: I never served in the war, never been shot down, I’m not an aristocrat which is what we thought he was and which is how I wanted to portray him; but it’s other aspects of him that I would like to say I’m not but that I can relate to and I know someone who inhabits these traits. It’s quite private really, but yeah, you have to be arrogant and condescending to some degree because that’s what the character needs.

Jacob: One last question. There are British, German and Norwegian actors in the film. Did you still speak English on set?

Nieboer: Yes, we spoke English on set which was very generous of them because we were the only Englishmen on set. So, haha, in one way or another we managed to make sure of that.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 6, 2012

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– I’d be happy to come back if he invites me

Stig Henrik Hoff and the “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint really hit it off.

– He’s an amazing guy! First of all, he’s a great actor, so bloody prepared. And he knows how to film. Moreover, he’s talented, funny and has a great energy. He was fucking great, just a pleasure to act opposite, Stig Henrik Hoff (47) says.

He is talking about British Rupert Grint (23), famous for the “Harry Potter” films, who he is working with in the Norwegian film “Into the White” which is ready to premiere.

Dagbladet met the two acting colleagues during the press conference in connection with “Into the White” yesterday.

– Stig is amazing

Hoff emphasizes that Grint was neither stuffy nor snobbish despite his status as a world famous star after having participated in all the “Harry Potter” films the last ten years as Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley.

– When the camera turned off, we sat together. It wasn’t as if he sat in a trailer on his own like a big film star. There was no difference between us, we ate the same food, Hoff laughs.

The constant stream of superlatives goes both ways: Grint says that he has made a new friend in Hoff.

– Stig is amazing and very fun to be around. Everybody hung out together outside of filming and we had a very good time together, Grint says to Dagbladet.

Several common interests

The plot of “Into the White” plays out in the Norwegian mountains. The date is April 27 1940 and it is inspired by a true story.

Two planes have shot each other down and the survivors accidentally end up in the same cabin. The three German soldiers feel compelled to live under the same roof as the Brits and have to prioritize the fight for survival instead of continuing the warfare.

While the blizzard rages outside, control techniques and psychological mind games are exercised indoors. But during their stay they find out that perhaps they are not so different after all.

And despite the age difference between Hoff and Grint, they discovered that they had several things in common than just their job.

– This is what’s so funny about this job. You know, he’s the same age as my oldest daughter. But when you work on a film the age difference disappears. And we both love cars. He has an interest in it and I have a couple of cars, so that was cool, Hoff says.

– Formed a strong bond

None of them are denying that they’ll meet again:

– I’d love to come back to visit if he invites me. And then I would really like to go skiing, Grint says.

– If our paths cross we have to meet, without a doubt. As soon as the possibility comes around. We have worked closely together for months and formed a strong bond. Not least, it was under extreme conditions, Hoff says.

Hoff thought it was lovely and liberating to work opposite someone who has spent almost half his life on a film set, but he admits that he was slightly influenced working with a world famous star.

– When we shot the film, there were around 300 fans that showed up every day in the hopes of getting an autograph. The same thing could be seen during the pre-premiere, all the adoring fans standing in line to meet him. It’s funny, but a little tiresome. I’m glad I don’t have to do it, Hoff laughs.

– Become fond of each other

Lachlan Nieboer (30), Florian Lukas (38) and David Kross (21) are also on the “Into the White” cast list.

Hoff explains that they became a good group during the filming period.

– We’ve become very fond of each other, all of us. Everybody took care of each other and we’ve become good friends. I think those seeing the film will notice that.

Prioritizes family

Hoff recently took part in the Hollywood film “The Thing” and thought it was fun to be recognized for it by two Brits during the pre-premiere of “Into the White” on Sunday.

And even though he has several foreign film projects coming up in the future, including the German film “Gnade”, an international career does not hold first priority for him.

– I’m a family man and the most important thing is keeping it going at home. But I do notice that now that the language barrier is smaller and the confidence bigger, it’s fun to be on my way into the world.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 6, 2012

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Into the White is ready to premiere

Meet Rupert Grint and the other actors!

The war drama “Into the White” will open in theatres all over the country this weekend. Director Petter Næss has gathered an international dream team, and we’ve met them in Oslo.

In the film we meet two British and three German pilots who have crash landed in Norway as well as members of a Norwegian ski patrol. The film is based on a true story.

Rupert Grint is a familiar face to all Harry Potter fans. He thinks the role as soldier Robert Smith was challenging, exciting and fun. – But it was difficult to learn the Liverpool accent! Rupert laughs, who is born in Hertfordshire.

Those who have seen season 2 of Downtown Abbey might recognize Lachlan Nieboer who played an injured Lieutenant in episode 2. In “Into the White” he plays a military man once again, this time Captain Charles P. Davenport who considers himself superior to the other guys that shares his fate.

– I actually copied a teacher from university when I was playing the role, but I’m afraid to mention his name!

German Florian Lukas play Lieutenant Horst Schopis and actually had the pleasure of eating dinner with the veteran he portrays. Schopis was meant to be a part of the promotion of the film, but he passed away in the fall, 100 years old. – He was an old-fashioned, but nice officer.


The actors agree that it was the exotic Norwegian mountains and the exciting story that attracted them to the project. The young talent David Kross had seen Petter Næss’ adaptation of “Elling” (2000) and felt sure of the director. – Besides, it was interesting to get my arm chopped off!, he laughs.

Petter Næss is very glad to finally release the film. – It’s a different war film with a lot of humor and absurdities.

The Danish producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen adds: – There are no heroes in this film, but no bad guys either. War is absurd. This is an anti-war film.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 6, 2012

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– I don’t want to play any more wizards

That is why Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint plays a British soldier stranded in Norway.

Rupert Grint (23) was only 13 years old when he became world famous as Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Ten years and eight films later, he is still known as the red-haired wizard, but as the film series is coming to an end, the actor is looking for new challenges; something that brought him to a secluded mountain scenery in Norway.

Grint inhabits one of the roles in Petter Næss’ new drama “Into the White” about three German and two British soldiers who are forced to survive together in a Norwegian mountain cabin during the Second World War.

– I play Robert Smith who is a great character with an angry and fun energy. It was great and exciting to film in Norway and a big change. It was exciting to be on a mountain for 3 weeks, Grint says during a press conference Monday morning.

Last summer “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” was released and marked the end of the magical story, disappointing many fans. The Brit tells us that he thinks it’s nice to play new roles after so many years as Weasley.

– I’ve played the same character for 10 years so it was refreshing to play someone new. It’s been quite strange after filming the last Harry Potter film. I’ve chosen to do things that appeal to me and that I want to do. Such as this one, with great costars and a good story. I don’t have a special plan for the future, but I look for characters that aren’t wizards, the 23-year-old says.

Rupert became good friends with his costars Lachlan Nieboer, David Kross, Florian Lukas and Stig Henrik Hoff during filming. The latter play a German soldier and said he enjoyed himself on set and became well acquainted with his British and German costars.

– There was so much working against us. It was difficult to film on the mountain, with strong winds and changing weather conditions, but it was fantastic to film with Petter and meet my amazing costars, he says.

Director Petter Næss tells us that he wanted to make a different war film, with humor as an important element.

– We’ve seen several stories about our heroes, but this is a new way of looking at the people underneath the uniforms. It was very important to include humor in the film as well as balance the drama and the serious. I wanted to bring out the absurdity of the meeting between the five soldiers, Næss says.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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