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– Just walking slowly was exhausting

It was not all fun and games when the ”Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint shot a film in Norway.

The “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint (23) and his British costar Lachlan Nieboer (30) are in Norway to promote “Into the White” which opens in theaters on Friday.

They both attended the pre-premiere at Folketeatret yesterday, and today they showed up at the same place to meet the press.

– It’s been great to work here and spend time here. It’s such a nice country, and I can’t wait to come back, Grint smiles.

– Exhausting, cold and rough
– Even though they have many nice words about Norway, it has not only been prosperity during filming, according to the two Brits.

Spending three weeks in the Norwegian mountains, in minus 20 degrees, is in no way an every-day-occurrence for the “Harry Potter” actor.

– It’s difficult to stay in character under such conditions. Just walking slowly was exhausting, it was freezing, and you wonder how it’ll go. But it was an experience, Grint says.

– The weather changed every five minutes, from blue sky to snowstorm, Nieboer says and characterizes the filming in the cold as “pretty rough”.

But despite the snowstorms and the freezing cold, they never regretted saying yes to what has been director Petter Næss’ (“Elling”, “Bare Bea”, “Tatt av Kvinnen”) newest project.

– No, no, no. We never regretted it even though it was exhausting, the Brits say in unison, and tell us that they are pleased with the result.

– A great film
“Into the White” is based on a true story from the Second World War. April 27 1940 two planes shot each other down over the village Grotli at Stryn. The survivors – two British and three German pilots – all seek shelter from the massive snowstorm in a small secluded cabin, and are forced to let go of the war against each other in order to fight the battle against survival – together.

On the cast list is also Stig Henrik Hoff (47) and the German Florian Lukas (38) and David Kross (21).

The latter has, despite his young age, already managed to participate in several Hollywood productions. For example, he starred opposite Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (2008) and the Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg film “War Horse” (2011).

– It’s not about the film budget or whether or not it’s a Hollywood film. After all, it’s about one person, the director, and the story that has to be conveyed. To me, “Into the White” felt like a great film, Kross says.

Struck a note
The five actors and director Næss struck a note, both in front and behind the camera.

– Even though it was long days, often outdoors, we had time to have a bit of fun together and, Hoff smiles, reveals that they “stole” snowmobiles, went skiing and took a drive to Stryn together among other things.

Næss describes himself as the “sixth man in the cabin”, and praises the actors.

– I have a lot of respect for them. It was professional, but effortless. It was good to be completely safe, the director says.

He was so confident that the result was good that he never slept during any of the previews of the film.

– I have worked a long time and get bored fast, even on my own films. I fell asleep while driving a couple of times, but I was more into it now. It’s a good film, good story, with a good drive and rhythm, Næss says.

Appealed to the Prime Minister
The director was invited to the Prime Minister’s office on Friday to show the film to Stoltenberg and a group of war veterans.

– I was very nice to talk to the veterans afterward and hear that the film was believable even to those who have experienced this first hand. They took it to heart and thanked me for a great film. I appreciated that, Næss says.

– The Prime Minister thanked me for a great film as well, both in person and on his Facebook page. He said it was a great movie experience and that “this is a film about people”. And it is, he adds.

Does not regret “Harry Potter”
Grint, who has become well known for playing Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley for ten years, found it rewarding to make a film where evil wizards, magic and supernatural creatures was replaced by a world war, Norwegian nature and alcohol.

But even though he thought it was great to distance himself from his “Harry Potter” character, he is not tired of constantly being recognized as Ron Weasley.

– I’m so used to it. It’s been a big part of my life and I think it’s something that will always be with me and something I’ll always been known for, he says and adds:

– But I can’t wait to do different things in the future.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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Moving from war drama in Norway to Eddie ”The Eagle”

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint received useful skiing lessons on Grotli through the Norwegian film Into the White. This will come in handy when he will be playing the ski jumping legend Eddie “The Eagle” later this year.

One of the trickiest things with this film was the skiing scenes. I had barely used skis before when I had to ski down the hills in the beautiful winter landscape with Stig Henrik Hoff. It was something that far exceeded my abilities and at times I simply had to stand on a box and pretend to be skiing, Rupert Grint laughs.

The 23-year-old became an international star as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films and after the last film in the series was finished two years ago, he has been looking for new roles.

Thus, he was not hard to convince when the Norwegian director Petter Næss approached him with the script for Into the White.

Three weeks in a freezer

– It was interesting and different to make a film here in Norway. It was a tough job just dealing with the difficult weather situations. We also spend several weeks in a freezer in Sweden where our cabin was built. All the interior scenes were shot there, he explains.

In the film Grint and costar Lachlan Nieboer (known from Torchwood and Downtown Abbey) play to British soldiers who are shot down over Norway in the Second World War.

Before they crash into the inhospitable Norwegian wintry mountain they have shot down a German plane as well.

They then meet later in a tiny hunting cabin and they have to learn to accept and work together with their German enemies, played by German Florian Lukas (Lieutenant Horst Schopis) and David Kross (Corporal Josef Schwarz) as well as the Norwegian actor Stig Henrik Hoff (Sergeant Wolfgang Strunk).

Based on a true story

The film is partly based on a true story, described in the book by German Horst Schopis, who moved back to Germany after many years of war captivity in Canada.

– I met Schopis before we startet filming and it was a powerful experience. For my part, it added an extra layer of authenticity and depth to the story. But of course the film is quite different than his story, Florian Lukas who plays the Lieutenant says. The exterior scenes were filmed right next to Grotli Høyfjellshotel in Skjåk county, right by the place where the war drama really happened.

Liverpool accent

Another major challenge for Grint was to keep his accent up during filming. Robert Smith is in fact a rough-talking and tough Private from the streets of Liverpool, and presents himself with a very thick Scouse accent.

– People, and myself included, probably had difficulty understanding some of the things I said when the film premiered at Filmfest Oslo on Sunday. It moves very fast and unperturbed. But it was fun to play someone who is so different from myself, he laughs.

The Harry Potter star was Sunday night greeted with screaming girls in front of the Folketeatret, and after the film’s showing the audience broke into a long and warm applause.

Playing a British ski jumper

– What new film projects will you be tackling after this?

– It’s been a kind of weird period after we finished the last Harry Potter film. After we finished filming Into the White I was involved with a lot of promotion of the 6th Harry Potter film. It took a lot of my time. The first thing I am doing is actually another skiing role. It is a film about the British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” where I play the lead.

– That is a film a lot of people here in Norway will find interesting. Are you aware that Eddie “The Eagle” is somewhat of a legend in this country?

– Of course it is a fantastically good story. I remember my dad paying a lot of attention to him and he told me a lot about Eddie “The Eagle”. People laughed at him a lot but what he did in terms of ski jumping was quite remarkable. You have to remember that he was extremely nearsighted and wore very thick glasses, yeah, he was almost blind. And he tackled major ski slopes with practically no training, and actually landed. He was a pretty brave guy, I must say.

– Have your skiing abilities become so good that you’ll tackle the ski jumps yourself?

– Hehe. I really hope I don’t have to do it.

Promises to run naked down Karl Johan

Into the White is produced by Peter Aalbæk Jensen in the Norwegian branch of the Danish production company Zentropa. The total budget was 23 million kroner and the film was financed without production support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

– We’ve sold the film to 22 countries already, including the film rights to most countries in Europe. We expect new sales to Asia and North America at the film festival in Cannes in May, Aalbæk Jensen says. He has added expectations that the film will do well in Denmark where The Headhunters was seen by nearly 200.000 last year.

– How many must see the film in Norway before you’re satisfied?

– Look, it’s an open question. But I promise to run naked up Karl Johan street if more than 100.000 Norwegians watch it in theaters, the Danish producer grins.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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– It helps with alcohol

Can you become friends with your worst enemy? That question is answered in “Into the White”.

Petter Næss’ new film “Into the White” is ready for Norwegian cinemas. We met the director and five of the actors from the film.

Real incident
– The film is based on a real incident, but a lot has been made up. It is true that the planes were shot down and that they had to survive in a cabin together. When they met outside the cabin they toned down the fact that they had shot at each other. They had a civil tone towards each other, Næss says.

“Into the White” is about three German and two British soldiers during the Second World War. Their planes crash down into the Norwegian mountains and both parties seek shelter in a desolate hunting cabin. Here they realize that if they are going to survive they have to work together with their worst enemy.

Næss tells us that it’s true that the soldiers became friends.

– In reality, the weather was good and the cabin was located just near an abandoned mountain hotel. The Brits went there and took some food before they went back to the Germans. They shared everything in the cabin. The Germans had cigarettes while the Brits had biscuits which they shared, he says.

– They had to survive
Lachlan Nieboer – known from “Downtown Abbey” – plays the British Captain Charles P. Davenport. He understands why the soldiers became friends.

– It was a simple choice: They had to survive and they had to do it in the same room. Their friendship came about gradually; they felt threatened by each other to start with. They had to go through some challenges to become friends. But it helps with alcohol, he laughs.

Not black and white
German Florian Lukas and David Kross play Lieutenant Horst Schopis and Corporal Josef Schwarz respectively. The former is best known for the film “Good Bye Lenin!”, while Kross worked opposite Kate Winslet in “The Reader” and in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”. They are used to see German soldiers as the bad guys in war films, but they are portrayed differently here.

– It’s interesting that it’s not as black and white as in many war films. They just did their job, Kross says.

Lukas agrees:

– They are professional soldiers on the wrong side – but they didn’t know that then. They are shown as people who want to survive. They are not monsters, they are people. They have the same problems as me, he says.

– Like a new planet
The film is full of scenes with a lot of wind and snow – and the cold weather is no film trick. Rupert Grint, best known as Ron in the “Harry Potter” films, play the British Private Robert Smith. He tells us that it was not all fun and games in the snow.

– It was like stepping onto a new planet, a tough environment. It was difficult – we couldn’t hear what the others were saying and you almost couldn’t hear yourself, he says.

But fortunately they were not that cold:

– We had on such warm clothes that we could just lie right down into the snow, Stig Henrik Hoff says, who plays German Sergeant Wolfgang Strunk.

– The clothes were original and they were very warm. There was no heat in the planes so the flight suits had to keep them warm because it became awfully cold on board, Lukas says.

Early start to the day
The actors actually remember back to the exterior scenes as the best during filming. These scenes were shot in Norway while the interior scenes were shot in Sweden.

– It was tiresome to act out the scenes outside, but it was much more fun than the interior scenes. At that time, we were locked inside a small room for three weeks. It was challenging, Lukas says.

Kross missed the mountain when they were in Sweden.

– Everybody kept thinking about the time we were in Norway, he laughs.

– And we had to start work at six in the morning! At one point, we had to dance at seven o’clock! It’s absolutely unbelievable, Lukas says.

– But we actually did it, Hoff laughs.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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Hoping for ”Max Manus” potential

With big international names as well as a classic theme of brotherhood in war, Petter Næss hopes to reach a large audience.

Director Petter Næss is one of Norway’s most active directors with eight feature films in just over ten years.

This time, he has partnered up with Zentropa International to make a blockbuster film.

“Into the White” is a different kind of war story, told from a different angle than the one we’ve been used to. We wanted to dig out the people underneath the uniforms, he says to NTB.

Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen says that Zentropa are happy to have Petter Næss on board: – What I like about “Into the White” is that there are no heroes, but no bad guys either. Here we have something as rare as a war film focusing on people.

– Refreshing role
“Into the White” is inspired by true events. In 1940 a violent battle occurred high above the Norwegian mountains. A British and a German plane shot each other down and three German and two British pilots survived the crash landing. The two parties discover the same hunting cabin during a blizzard. The film explores how the five experienced that encounter. We see how the war continues for a while inside the walls of the cabin, until the truth catches up to them: If they don’t work together, they will not survive.

One of the Brits is played by Rupert Grint, well known from the Harry Potter films. He plays the temperamental Robert Smith, and he does not recognize himself in the role: – No, I’m probably a lot more calm and kind, he smiles. And answers questions from the room about why he wanted to do a Norwegian film.

– It was simply refreshing to play a character with so much angry energy.

With him on “the British team” Grint has Lachlan Nieboer, known from the major BBC initiative “Downtown Abbey” among other things. In “Into the White” he plays the upper-class guy and Captain Charles P. Davenport.

In the German roles we meet the experienced German actor Florian Lukas and the younger David Kross – who can currently be seen in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”. We find Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff as the German Sergeant Wolfgang Strunk.

– A great script
Hoff plays the silent strong man – who turns out to have something of an artist’s soul.

– The weather was the greatest challenge, it kept changing all the time. We were under time constraints, but Petter Næss got it all in the box. We also had an amazing script, Hoff adds.

Næss would like to talk about the fact that the film actually has a lot of humor.

– It’s a classic setup, with brutality and war as a starting point. But amid all this seriousness there is also an irony of fate. They’ve shot each other down and it becomes a little bit absurd during this fumbling first meeting. They have to reorient themselves all over again, not just geographically but also on a human level.

Næss thinks he was able to play a little with the male role.

– Men are almost comically vain. Give them a uniform and they start to act like bucks with showing off their antlers.

– Friendship
Later in the film a friendship arises between the two camps. And the true story that inspired the film also grew out of a lasting sympathy between the German Lieutenant and the British Captain. When the war had ended, the British Captain invited his former enemy to London, and it was a powerful meeting if we are to believe the filmmakers.

Næss also talks about strong emotions when Norwegian war veterans were given a preview of the film before the Norwegian premiere.

– There was a lot of warm handshakes and tearful eyes. I had a feeling that we have a kind of “Max Manus” potential here.

Stig Henrik Hoff says on his side:

– The film hits us because it speaks about how easy it is to be wiser after the event. The truth is that none of us know how we would react if we were stuck in a desolate cabin with the enemy – while a blizzard rages outside.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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– Like being on the moon

– The filming of ”Into the White” was like being on the moon. The Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is glad he took the challenge.

Petter Næss is the director behind the war film “Into the White” which opens in theatres in a few days. It is based on a true story about two planes who end up in violent air battles in April 1940.

The crew on a German and a British plane has to seek shelter in the same cabin on the Mountain on Grotli. The drama plays out in cold surroundings, in more ways than one.

Director Petter Næss was fascinated by the story and picked out a team of stars, according to himself.

– But I was looking for a British soldier with a “fiery” temper, Næss smiles, who has a ginger daughter himself.

– Without a safety net
– Working on the Harry Potter films was like being inside a comfortable bubble. It was just around the corner. There was always a new school year at “Hogwarts”, Harry Potter’s magical school, and a new film, Rupert Grint says.

The story behind “Into the White” and the character that he plays are what tempted Rupert Grint. He took the part without hesitation.

“It felt a bit like jumping without a safety net. Making a film in another country than my own was tempting. It was a way of testing myself. The mountain was extreme and cold, but we had a lot of fun.

Likes small film sets
On the Harry Potter films there could be several thousand on the film set. Rupert Grint likes the small set-up. He has also been a part of a few low-budget films in Britain in between filming of Harry Potter.

– I guess I have to live with the fact that many connect me to the role of “Ron Weasley”. But there’s not much I can do but accept other roles and do my best, Grint says.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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The Harry Potter effect

The red-haired ”Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint has made Norwegian teens scream over a chamber play about soldiers during the Second World War.

The red carpet in front of Folketeatret was teeming with young girls when the Norwegian film “Into the White” premiered Sunday night. It was only when “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint walked the carpet that the screams were heard and camera flashes began in earnest.

– Do you understand how much attention you can create for a film?

– I only get it when I see the fans on the red carpet. It’s scary to make a completely different film after ten years of Harry Potter and it’s wonderful that they keep supporting me, Grint says to Dagsavisen.

He will stay in Norway until Wednesday and is so far very pleased with his stay. According to himself, the premiere party was “incredibly good”. Theirs is another gala screening of “Into the White” at Colosseum.

– Why did you pick this particular film?

– I’ve always been interested in the war and I think this was a very different kind of war film. In addition, I wanted to do something completely new, like filming in Norway under such extreme conditions. I expected it to be cold, but it was impossible to prepare yourself for weather which meant you couldn’t see or hear your costars, he says.

Took care of the humor
The film is loosely based in a true story which deals with the crew on a German and a British fighter plane that shoot each other down over the Norwegian wilderness. Randomness leads to the survivors seeking shelter in the same cabin. The small room forces the five soldiers to see the people behind the enemy uniform. Grint plays the street-smart and foulmouthed Private Robert Smith who is responsible for most of the humorous moments in the film.

– So you still play the “sidekick” just like in Harry Potter?

– When I read the script I didn’t think the role would be this funny. He’s frustrated about the situation, and his silly comments are his way of getting through it. He doesn’t have any desire to be stuck in this cabin, Grint says.

– And I wouldn’t say Rupert is a “sidekick”. Everybody ends up as equal, regardless of rank and nationality. They are forced to work together, his British costar Lachlan Nieboer interjects.

– There are no heroes. It’s just about men who are trying to survive. It becomes greater than the war, Hitler and Churchill, he adds.

Younger audience
“Into the White” has already been sold to 22 countries. Director Petter Næss believes that the story stands well on its own, but does not deny that it helps to have big names on the cast list.

– I want the film I make to be seen, so I won’t pretend that the attention surrounding Rupert isn’t nice. However, it is a bit strange when a group of such good actors are put on the sideline as soon as he shows up, Næss says to Dagsavisen.

He has never seen an entire “Harry Potter” film and didn’t realize how big a star he had snatched up before blogs in Asia and America started to write about the Norwegian film plans.

– It may sound naïve, but it has taken some time to understand how big this is. Rupert is very talented and I always believed that “Into the White” has the potential to draw a younger crowd. That’s another reason why it’s great to have him on the team, Næss says.

No stereotypes
Even though the “Potter” star has taken up much of the attention, there are several other actors on the cast list with an impressive résumé. The three German soldiers are portrayed by Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff who has been a part of several Norwegian productions and the Hollywood film “The Thing”. The German David Kross, who worked opposite Kate Winslet in the Oscar-winning film “The Reader”. And last but not least, the German Florian Lukas who became a superstar in his home country after his role in the film “Good Bye Lenin!”. As an internationally famous German actor he has had his share of offers to play a Nazi in films. This is the first time he has accepted.

– Every time they need a German in foreign productions, he’s a Nazi. I won’t do that. This film is different because we play soldiers, not Nazis. It’s about human destinies, Lukas says.

He portrays Lieutenant Horst Schopis. Lukas had the pleasure of meeting the man he was portraying before he passed away.

– He was incredibly open. He told me about his thoughts on Hitler and how he eventually realized that he had been fighting on the wrong side. Schopis was just a soldier fighting for his country. He hated the war, Lukas says.

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Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 5, 2012

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– I love Norway!

At the ”Into the White” premiere Aksel Hennie snogged Stig Henrik Hoff while ”Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint revealed his feelings towards Norwegian girls.

Tonight was the pre-premiere for the film “Into the White” at Folketeatret in Oslo. The film premiere also marked the end of Filmfest Oslo which has taken place since Wednesday.

It is the Norwegian director Petter Næss who has made the film which is inspired by a true story; it takes place in the Norwegian mountains during the Second World War. April 27 1940, a British and a German plane shoot each other down. The three German and two British pilots who survive the crash landing have to work together to survive on the wintery mountain.

The five soldiers are played by “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint (23), Florian Lukas (38), David Kross (21), Lachlan Nieboer (30) and Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff (47). They were all gathered on the red carpet in front of Folketeatret Sunday night, together with director Petter Næss.

A lot of people had showed up especially to get a glimpse of the world famous “Harry Potter” star, and his arrival on the meter long carpet was revealed by enthusiastic screams from girls.

– Loves Norway
– I love Norway and it’s great to be back here, Grint says to Dagbladet.

The 23-year-old, who is single for the moment, smiles widely when he is asked what he thinks of Norwegian girls.

– Yes… they’re very cool, absolutely, he says while laughing.

– Fantastic to work with him
Stig Henrik Hoff arrived to the premiere with his wife Sølje Bergman (36). He reveals that he has become good friends with Grint during filming.

– It was fantastic to work with him. He’s an actor, and he’s bloody good and very experienced. He’s a very good man to work with. Of course we’ve become friends, we worked closely together for months. It’s incredibly cool that all the actors are here today, he says.

However, he did reveal that he wasn’t impressed with Grint’s skiing.

– He’s a miserable skier, but a bloody good actor and an amazing person. It’s a right pleasure to work with a world famous star.

Hoff was snogged by Hennie
Besides the five “Into the White” actors, several other known faces showed up on the red carpet. Among them were Nadya Hasnaoui, Kim Haugen, Kåre Conradi, Anette Hoff and Nils Ole Oftebro.

Also Tone Damli Aaberge and Aksel Hennie wanted to see the film. But the couple ran purposefully past the photographers and hurried inside the Folketeatret.

Almost, in any case.

Because Hennie quickly turned around in order to give Stig Henrik Hoff a real snog on the lips, before he again returned to his artist girlfriend.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 4, 2012

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Axes and Alliences

Tough Stig Henrik Hoff as a Naziofficer. Downtown Abbey-actor Lachlan Nieboer as an aristocratic British fighter pilot. We’ve met the actors from the war drama Into the White.

Tough battles were fought for our strategically important country after the occupation of Norway April 9 1940. Enlisted men and volunteers held out against the force of invasion longer than any other country (except the Soviet Union), helped by British and French military efforts. The military actions in Britain, known as The Norwegian Campaign, involved actual air battles that the German and British planes fought in order to gain access to Norwegian iron ore and a coastline which was excellent for military purposes.

During one of these battles, two enemy planes shot each other down. Three German and two British soldiers were among the survivors who sought refuge together in a primitive cabin in the Norwegian wilderness. The story inspired director Petter Næss (Elling, Tatt av kvinnen, Bare Bea) and the Scandinavian production company Zentropa to make a wintery chamber drama.

Into the White is not a historical reenactment of what happened April 27 1940, but an adaptation. Næss and the actors have been in close contact with Horst Schopis, bomber and Lieutenant during the Second World War. Schopis, who died in August of last year, was really shot down near Grotli and he and his company spent a few hours with the survivors from a British plane in a simple hunting cabin on the snowy Nowegian plains. Thus the foundations has been laid for a warlike, masculine chamber drama where politics must succumb to personal considerations. Of course not without friction and conflict.

Silent vs. Arrogant
The most important parts are covered by Florian Lukas (Goodbye Lenin), David Kross (War Horse), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter series), Lachlan Niboer (Downtown Abbey) and our domestic Hollywood actor Stig Henrik Hoff (The Thing). We grabbed a meeting with the latter two and just had to ask:

– How close to reality is the story in the film?
Lachlan: The meeting between the German and the British soldiers was shorter in real life.
Stig Henrik: The beginning and the end of the film correspond with what happened in 1940. But they only spent half a day in the cabin. The fact that the film is based on historical events makes people pay attention, and as an actor it’s nice to have some frames to relate to.

Filmmagasinet: Tell us a bit about your characters!
Lachlan: I play Captain Davenport. In real life his name was Partridge, but we decided to not use his real name. His family didn’t want to have that kind of connection to the film, respectively. We drifted a bit away from the actual story and made Davenport and upper-class Brit. He is a leader. Some would probably call him patronizing, maybe also arrogant. He probably doesn’t think that himself. In the film, he is then forced together with the enemy.
Stig Henrik: I play Wolfgang Strunk, a German navigator and Sergant. He grew up in a German industrial family; they own a factory with two thousand employees. He’s going to inherit the company, but he is not that enthusiastic about it. The film shows how Rupert Grint’s character inspires him to figure out what he really wants.
He starts to draw, he’s an aspiring artist, knows how to draw and constantly doodles small sketches that Gunner Robin Smith (Rupert) sees and thinks are fantastically well done.
He’s a silent type of guy who doesn’t like small talk. Doesn’t answer, there’s a lot he doesn’t consider that interesting. He’s neither stupid nor deaf, but is indifferent towards what he considers empty talk.

Filmmagasinet: What did the characters require in terms body language and that kind of stuff. Did people move differently seventy years ago?
Lachlan: That’s an interesting question. I’ve played a soldier before, in the TV-show Downtown Abbey. Of course, he was in the First World War. But you have to ask yourself: What did these people do differently than people today. Are there any differences at all? They were just as relaxed as us in their body language, they didn’t move with this military precision you often see in films.
Stig Henrik: They were more physical at the same time. Used to using their bodies. When I build up a character, I always start with the shoes. If you walk with sneakers with air cushions and stuff you get a light and flexible walk. With leather soles, your walk and posture get harder, you get more strength somehow. Here we walked around in huge flight suits with thick uniforms underneath. Clothes meant for 70-80 minus degrees, which was often the case in planes without heating. We wore the original uniforms, with the belt around our stomach and not around the hip as we do today. The clothes, and walking around in heavy snow adds a lot to the characters. But they were really horrible to wear in a warm studio.

Troubling Easter weather

Filmmagasinet: How horrible was filming on Grotli in general?
The worst part was when it was snowing when we needed sun and dry weather. And vice versa. We tried to play god with wind machines and fake snow. But it resulted in too much waiting around. We hung around, had a smoke, drank some coffee.
Stig Henrik: And then the wind kept changing direction and we had to turn the wind and snow machines around. They’re the size of a helicopter. That led to an incredibly tight schedule, with four times as much shooting in a day than usual. It was pretty intense.

Filmmagasinet: How long did you stay there?
For three weeks…
Stig Henrik: Three HEAVY weeks. The Norwegian Easter weather changed between extreme cold and warm and sweating. It was also physically tough. I went around with a sleigh…
Lachlan: I was worn out after every single day of filming. Luckily I had Stig Henrik to hang out with…

Filmmagasinet: What was the atmosphere like between takes?
Everybody hated each other and then we went to bed. Hahahaha. No, we had a great time. We had some drinks and stayed up. Grotli Hotel is a beautiful place, and they took great care of us. And then we went skiing and snowboarding and stuff like that.

Bog Soup
Now, almost a year after filming, Filmmagasinet and the two actors sit in the lobby of a rather impersonal and charmless entertainment establishment. The early afternoon has darkened already. But the atmosphere is not bad at all. Lachlan Nieboer has aristocratic curly hair, a bit more modernly scattered than in the film. Closefitting clothes in wool, a white open shirt. Stig Henrik is rocking a mixture of biker and handyman. Boots, leather pants, hooded sweater and a biker jacket that he obviously doesn’t use inside. The actors drink coffee and coke and praise director Næss, who is talked about as generous and precise, as a person who knows what he wants, someone who cares about the actors, maybe because he’s an actor himself. Someone who listens and takes advice, and offers clear answers to whether he likes it or not. Stig Henrik and Lachlan tells us about how they played out the scenes from the script like theatre in front of the crew before filming. A mood creating method.
Lachlan: It does a lot to your energy.
Stig Henrik: And it shows how you are in the film even though the camera isn’t on you. I even ate bloody bog soup between takes. I didn’t even think about it! Hahaha!

Language confussion
Stig Henrik learned German to get his role, while Lachlan went a long way to play his:
Stig Henrik: I like the aggressive way you express yourself in German. The big challenge was talking English with a German accent. “Ez iz izi zo zound morze French zan zerman”, hehehe. I have a lot of scenes with Rupert where I just speak English.
Lachlan: Rupert decided to speak with a Liverpool dialect. I chose a cool, cocky way to talk…
Stig Henrik: Camp, to say it bluntly.
Lachlan: I tried to push it as far as I could without making it ridiculous.

And with a Norwegian director and actors from Britain, Germany and Norway, it created a bit confusion on set.
Stig Henrik: By the end, everybody switched to English.

Filmmagasinet: It sounds like a nice, but pretty intense shoot.
It was fun and worth the effort. This was a role I REALLY wanted. When I met Petter Næss for the first time I had learned all the lines and created my own Captain Davenport. In fact, I was a bit unsure whether Petter understood who he met, me or the character. We acted the scenes together and the part was mine.

Time to get a little philosophical. Like in the Oscar nominated Joyeux Noël from 2005, Into the White is about people underneath the uniforms, about soldiers that meet face to face while serious international war politics hover in the background. What does the film tell us about people and war?
Stig Henrik: We live in an unstable world. Take July 22. We have an asshole in Norway, assholes all over the world. The film is about how you meet the enemy. For example, I’m damn tough when I’m driving my car. I swear and yell at people. But when I go outside my metal shell I become more humble and human. In the film, two planes shoot at each other without thinking about the fact that there are people inside the hulls. You don’t picture suffering, pain and death. But when you meet the people inside something amazing happens. You turn out to be people with common goals. You take care of each other.
Lachlan: Haha! You said it. It’s about conflict and solution, like everything else in life. You need friction and conflict to move on. If you see it that way, the film is quite philosophical. And then nature plays a critical role. After all, that’s what we’re fighting against.

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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.


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.


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.


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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Harry Potter star: Scary to make film without the Potter-fans

Grint reveals what he thinks of Norwegian girls

Rupert Grint was impressed with the turnout when he attended the world premiere of the film “Into the White” Sunday night in Oslo.

– It’s scary to make a film without the security of the Potter-fans. That’s why it’s so nice to see all the people that have showed up here tonight, Rupert Grint says to VG Nett.

Sunday night was the star-studded pre-premiere of the film “Into the White” at Folketeatret in Oslo.

Rupert Grint, mostly known for the Harry Potter films to most people, was very happy to be back in Oslo because there was little time to meet new people during filming.

– When I was in Norway the last time we were constantly filming on the mountain so I didn’t get to socialize with a lot of people besides the other actors, but it was a very fun experience.

– Seen him grow up

Actor Rupert Grint probably doesn’t have anything to worry about when it comes to Potter-fans in Norway.

VG met the students Ida Aarseth (19), Ronja Knudsen (19) and Marie Ulvind (19) before Grint showed up. They were among the hundreds of people that had showed up to the premiere and they are all big Harry Potter fans.

– It’s going to be very special to see him. We’ve watched him grow up in the Potter film, Ida Aarseth says.

Marie Ulvind feels that she has a personal relationship with Grint.

– When you have seen a person you look up to grow up for ten years, then you get a very personal relationship with him, she tells VG Nett.

23-year-old Grint, who is currently single, smiles mischievously when he is asked what he thinks of Norwegian girls.

– They are very cool and I like them, he says to VG Nett.

– Heavy and tiresome

It is the Norwegian director Petter Næss who is behind the film which is inspired by a true story.

The film takes place in the Norwegian mountains during the Second World War. April 27 1940 a British and a German plane shoot each other down. Thus, the three German and two British survivors have to work together to survive the wintry mountain.

– I’m a man who likes to be on the mountain and vacationing in cabins, so to make a film in a tiny little cabin on the mountain surrounded by beautiful and grand nature has been absolutely fantastic, Næss says to VG Nett.

He says that the work on the film has been both close and intense.

– Working with five talented actors on such a scene has been heavy and tiresome, but there is nothing more lovely and uplifting for a director than to work with talented actors that are intuitive, skilled and want to put forward a joint project.

The experienced director is impressed with the young man’s efforts in the film.

– Rupert is a prince and a professional. He’s been an actor since he was ten years old so he knows almost everything.


Actor Stig Henrik Hoff tells us on the red carpet that a comradeship developed between the actors during filming.

– A friendship developed between us. We worked together closely for several months so it’s incredibly cool to have all the actors here tonight.

The five soldiers in the film are played by “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint (23), David Kross (21), Florian Lukas (38), Lachlan Nieboer (30) and Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff.

“Into the White” will premiere in cinemas Friday March 9.

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