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Unsentimental brotherhood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 10, 2012

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Deeply human

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

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

An acting film

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thanks for this!

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 10, 2012

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Great chamber play

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

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

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

Good actors make this a great movie experience:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The film is also based on a true story.

Translation by Malene.

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

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Cosy war

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

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

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

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

Irritating at times

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


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

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 8, 2012

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Into the White – Great about enemies in the mountains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 8, 2012

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Guys on cabin excursion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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From wizardry to mountains and hugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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– 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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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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