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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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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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Grand premiere in Stryn

Geir Tonning (right) was one of the many local extras in the film, "Into the White". Here is the 35 year old together with the famous director Petter Næss who is behind the fim that is filmed on Grotli. Photo by Hans-Olav Rise/NRK

Almost all the filming for the new film ”Into the White” took place in Grotli on Strynefjellet. For this reason, the pre-premiere was of course added to Stryn Kultur, and stars as well as local celebrities showed up kulturhuset (ICM: House of Culture).

– Incredibly good film!, was heard from several mouths as one of the leading actors, Stig Henrik Hoff, and director Petter Næss exists the cinema.

The pre-premiere for the new film “Into the White” is successfully complete and the actors, director and extras can relax their shoulders – because the response at Stryn Kulturhus was good.

Petter Næss, who is known for directing the Oscar nominated “Elling”, “Tatt av kvinna” and “Bare Bea”, is now ready to present the film from Stryn.

The film is inspired by the historical event on Strynefjellet on April 1940 where a German and a British plane shot each other down.

On and with Stryn
Most of the film takes place inside a cabin on Grotli where they had to seek shelter. Two British and three German soldiers had to learn to work together in order to survive.

Almost the entire film was shot on Strynefjellet and there are many local faces in the film. The stars in the film are almost just as famous in Stryn as the extras from Stryn.

Rupert Grint, known as “Ron” from the Harry Potter films, chose “Into the White” as his first film after countless of years with magic. Stig Henrik Hoff is the Norwegian star and he attended the premiere together with director Næss.

One of the locals who got to be in the film was Geir Tonning. The 35-year-old was very excited before the film.

– I’m very much looking forward to this. I haven’t seen the film and I expect it to be an intense film. For my own part, I expect to be shown for two seconds, an excited Tonning nods and smiles.

Had seconds
After one hour and 45 minutes, people had been laughing, had been surprised and had empathy for most of the characters in the film.

At the end there was a great applause, and for Geir Tonning it was amazing – because his role as an extra hadn’t been cut away.

– I don’t know how long it was, but it was at least two seconds. I am well pleased. I especially liked the mane of my hair, Tonning grins, who had a real “bowl cut”.

– In the mountains at last

Director Næss was also very pleased after the premiere. He really liked getting honest feedback from the local audience.

– People didn’t need to say anything, but the feedback has been overwhelming, beautiful and real. People come over and are positive, so the mixture of my own experience and the reaction from the audience means that I can sit back with a good feeling. This is slightly different than having a premiere with a blasé Oslo audience.

– People here talk straight from the gut, Næss says.

There is a new premiere for the film tomorrow, this time in Oslo city. However, one of the best parts for Næss was to film outside of the cities.

– I am very much a man of nature, and it strikes me that I’ve predominately made films in the cities. Now I was finally on the mountain making a film in the nature where I thrive, and I thought that was fantastic, the director nods.

Simon Patridge was the guest of honour at the pre-premiere. Patridge is a son of one of the two British soldiers in the film. He is understands that the film is not rooted in what actually took place. Photo by Hans-Olav Rise/NRK

– Fiction
Stryn Kulturhus was full of dressed up locals, but one of the guests came from a long way away. That man was Simon Patridge.

Patridge is son of one of the two British soldiers that was shot down. He understands that the film has no basis in reality.

– The film has nothing to do with reality, and it was quite difficult for me to have an objective opinion.

– It was a bit naïve and irresponsible, but for those who do not have the same historical background as myself, it was surely entertaining. Because there are many humorous and warm scenes in the film, Patridge points out.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 4, 2012

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A universal story

The first time Petter Næss heard the story about Schopis and the other pilots he thought the story too obvious to film. Then he reconsidered. “Into the White” premieres on March 9th (Marat Folketeatret in Oslo.

– I can’t pinpoint the exact time I first heard about the story of two British and three German pilots who survived a crash landing in the middle of nowhere and had to seek refuge together. But I thought that it was almost too obvious to film. It’s a classic story; enemies meet and come together against their will, Petter Næss says, the actor and director behind the “Elling”-films among others.

– At the same time, I’m a man of the mountains. And I discovered that the incident on Grotli could form the basis for a film about what happens inside the heads of people who meet under such circumstances. That someone is faced with their enemy – not as weapons or machines, but as people – happens every day all over the world. Prejudice and ideologies are put to the test. That’s why the story is universal, Næss says, while stressing that “Into the White” is not an exact depiction of what actually happened.

– The beginning, when they shoot each other down, and the end, where one of the German pilots is shot by the Norwegian ski patrol, are based on actual events. The rest is made up. We’ve isolated the five pilots in a cabin for four days. In reality, the pilots didn’t even spend an entire night together, Næss explains, while adding that the fact that several of those involved in the incident were amateurs was part of what attracted him to the project.

– The pilots were skilled, but they hadn’t learned how to survive without food and firewood and how to cope in the winter cold. The Norwegian ski patrol were young inexperienced guys. The guy that shot the German pilot had psychological problems afterward, Næss says.

Met Schopis

The director even met the German pilot Horst Schopis twice, both in Norway and in Berlin. – It was very inspiring. Schopis offered his story and came across as a very nice guy. As we say: He was a good guy caught on the wrong side during the war, Næss says, and tells us that Schopis was actually a part of the infantry before being picked to be a pilot.

– He hoped that the war would end after the invasion of Poland. It was presented to the Germans as though Norway was occupied by the English and that Germany had to liberate us. Schopis had nothing against Norway, Næss says, who has read both books during research for the film, written by Schopis and the British pilot Partridge respectively.

– Schopis died in August following a heart operation, five days before his 99th birthday. Of course we were looking forward to having him present at the premiere. He seemed both proud and happy about the film project, Næss says.

– You played Captain Linge in Max Manus. What’s it like to premiere your own war film?

– I’ve never really been a fan of war films. On the other hand, the events of the war offer an inexhaustible source for great stories about conflict, animosity, friendship and powerful destinies, Næss says, while adding that he’s impressed by how the German costume designers have worked to create a proper image of the time.

– It’s easy to lose the illusion if something isn’t right. We’ve filmed in reasonably controllable surroundings, with mountains and a cabin, and there has just been minor digital post-production.

Filming on Grotli and in Sweden
The exterior scenes in “Into the White” were filmed on Grotli. This means that the mountains and scenery that appears on screen is the same as the one that the pilots looked across over 60 years ago.

– The wreckage of the plane is still located on Grotli, but because the area is part of a national park, we filmed the scenes on top of a ski lift. The scenes inside the cabin were filmed in Sweden. The pilot suits are incredibly hot and therefore we had to go there to find the right cold and frost smoke.

– You have brought in actors from abroad?

– Yes, two from England and two from Germany, while Stig Henrik Hoff plays the British pilot Partridge (Hoff plays a German named Strunk, ICM). It was extremely important for us to find the right actors; they had to be different, but still suit each other. They are very distinct characters. But I would say that we all get along great. The interaction between them has been absolutely fantastic, Næss says.

Into the White was filmed in 30 days and has a budget of 23,6 million Norwegian kroner.

– You always have too little money and too little time, but the film turned out the way I wanted it to. It’s actually not all my films that I like to look at afterwards, but it’s different with this one. I’m very happy with the result. I can look myself in the mirror and say that I stand behind this.

– Are you excited about the reception?

Of course I am. But I don’t care that much about what the critics think. First and foremost, I’m looking forward to the premiere which will happen in Folketeatret in connection with the Oslo Film Festival. It’s a very good space for films and with room for 1100 people. All the stars, family and friends will be there.

– But one person is missing…?

– Yes. Having Schopis there would have been icing on the cake. But his relatives will be there. I hope they’ll feel like we’ve taken good care of him.

Original article found here: | February 22, 2012

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Petter Næss: – I look forward to showing the film

Director Petter Næss’ latest film “Into the White” has its world premiere on Filmfest Oslo’s last day, March 4th. Harry Potter star, “Ron”, Rupert Grint will be present in the cinema on that day.

Foto: Ellen Rønning

Downtown: – All the leading actors have announced their arrival. Rupert Grint, David Kross, Florian Lukas, Lachlan Nieboer and Stig Henrik Hoff. With families and everything.

This pleases the director.

– It’s an acknowledgment to the film and the project that they are showing up. We all believe in this and that’s a great feeling. The film is great and the actors are bloody good.

Young superstar

And to direct a 22-year-old who has been a superstar for half his life?

Rupert is a prince, a very good boy. And he chooses us just as much as we choose him. The whole team has one common goal; to make a fucking fantastic film.

Putting animosity to the test

“Into the White” is based on a real event that occurred in April 1940 when a German and British fighter plane shot each other down over the Norwegian mountains.

Coincidences dictate that the crews seek shelter in the same cabin, something that truly puts their animosity to the test. Germans and Brits have to work together to survive – so that they can go right back to the war and continue fighting.

– The weather becomes a main character that entraps the guys in the cabin, Petter says.

– And the actors sure got to experience the Norwegian mountains! From total whiteout to pure Norwegian porn with brilliant sunshine and white horizons. Cold and exotic.

– They probably thought it was fascinating to be there, yes. Petter says with a wide smile.

– It was incredibly cool to film on the mountain. There is nothing better than mountains. And trips with the guys.

Conceived in…

Petter Næss thinks it’s very fun to be able to close Oslo’s new film festival and even more fun that the world premiere will be at the esteemed Folketeateret with all the stars present. And Petter’s story actually began at the Folketeateret. It was here that his parents met at the end of the 50s.

My dad worked as a production designer and my mother was an actress, and I was probably conceived in the attic or in the paint room. It will be like coming home, he says with a laugh.

Likes mixing it up

Two days before the world premiere of “Into the White”, Petter Næss will premiere the play “=Oslo” at the Norwegian theater.

– We use text from the magazine in a theatrical frame and it’s the texts that have the main roles. We are basically trying to lift them up and show the people behind the texts who are just like “the rest of us”, maybe they have just experienced a little more adversity on their way.

Now, new projects will get attention.

I have long thought about doing a film about the official Norway’s treatment of German girls. And I’ve also really wanted to make a film version of Peer Gynt. I have a good concept that I have a lot of faith in.

And your acting career, Petter Næss?

– My last acting job was in Max Manus. I don’t exactly think a lot about acting parts, but I have to remind myself what it’s like to be an actor. And it’s certainly better for more people than me.

Original article found here: | February 17, 2012

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New clips from “Into the White”: See Rupert Grint on skis!

We had great fun! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such hopeless skiing. But Rupert Grint gave it his all!

Stig Henrik Hoff laughs loudly when thinking about the scene that VG Nett can show today. It is from Petter Næss’ new war film “Into the White”, with an official Norwegian release date on March 9. Rupert Grint, best known from the Harry Potter films, gives his all!


It is about a British and a German aircraft crew who end up in the same cabin after having shot each other down. Here, they have to stick together in order to survive. And the skiing trip is a reconnaissance a British (Grint) and a German (Hoff) do together.

This exterior scene was shot in Grotli for three weeks in March and April of last year.

Fortunately, we had good weather on this particular day. But the conditions weren’t exactly ideal; it changed from really hard surface on the snow to windblown snow. We were walking on Norwegian wooden planks from 1943 with fitting bands, so the equipment wasn’t exactly great either, Hoff says with a smile.


How did your co-star, and star from the “Harry Potter” films, do on skis?

“Well, he claimed he had an uncle who had seen a pair of skis once. And he tried out on modern equipment the day before. But then we just had to move on to filming; he didn’t have a clue! He fell and rolled over and stood like a chicken; we laughed until we cried. But Rupert gave everything he had and kept, quite impressively, his good mood. Even though he was ice cold by the end of it.”


What was he like to work with?

“So great! So precise, so well prepared; a dream to work with. And he probably attended the world’s best film school throughout his entire childhood, “the Harry Potter school”. But he never showed any diva-like qualities; an extraordinary good co-worker, both in terms of working with and also being with during the free time while filming.”

The film crew was on its own during much of the time on Grotli. It was worse during the studio period in Swedish Trollhättan. At that time, 300 fans were waiting outside to get a glimpse of their hero. And he had to try and hide under hoodies, sunglasses and stuff like that.
But one can assume that it was the skiing experience that scared him?

“No, that’s actually not the case. He told me that he would like to come back and try skiing – in a more civilized form than during the war”, Stig Henrik Hoff says.

Original article found here: | January 26, 2012| Translation by: Malene

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