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The King's Choice (Kongens Nei)

Part of the European Perspectives Strand

Erik Poppe

  • 15

  • 131 mins

  • 2016

  • Norway

  • Norwegian, German

Cast Jesper Christiensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tuva Novotny

  • Director of Photography: John Christian Rosenlund

  • Editor: Einar Egeland

  • Produced by: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae

  • Music: Johan Söderqvist

  • Screenplay by: Jan Trygve Røyneland, Harald Rosenløw Eeg

Director Bio

Erik Poppe

Director Bio

Erik Poppe is a Norwegian film director, former cinematographer and press photographer. He graduated as a cinematographer at the Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden in 1991. He received the Norwegian Film Critics' Award for Hawaii, Oslo in 2005, Troubled Water in 2009 and for A Thousand Times Good Night in 2014. The King’s Choice opened with the fifth largest box office weekend of all time domestically.

Body

Set over the course of three days in 1940, The King’s Choice defies WWII movie convention, shying away from excessive battles and instead focusing on the backstage events of a critical time in Norway’s history. When the Germans invade, Norwegian King Haakon VII, a ceremonial appointment, escapes Oslo. When Hitler insists that the King, and not the government, meet with the German envoy to negotiate, the future rests on his shoulders – surrender to the Nazis, or resign his country to years of assault and bloodshed.

Supported by the Norwegian Consulate General, Edinburgh.



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