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A DIFFERENT WAR FILM

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: side3.no | 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: bt.no | 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: Filmfront.no | 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: Dagbladet.no | 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.

GERMAN AND BRITISH STARS
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.

A DIFFERENT WAR FILM

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: filmweb.no | 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: seher.no | March 5, 2012

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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: dagbladet.no | 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: aftenposten.no | 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: side3.no | 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: oa.no | March 5, 2012

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