Cannes Ends Seven Year Ban For Lars von Trier

It has been announced that Lars von Trier's serial killer thriller, The House That Jack Built, will screen out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival (8 - 19 May), thus bringing to an end a seven-year ban for the controversial director, during which he was declared Persona Non Grata by the organisers. At the press conference for Melancholia, which premiered at Cannes in 2011, von Trier said: "I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very

Hero Of The Seas Awaits Green Light From NRK

An epic drama based on Hero Of The Seas (En sjøens helt) by Jon Michelet, who died on Saturday, is in development for NRK with a budget of NOK 130-150 million. The series of novels has sold 800,000 copies so far and the sixth volume, Krigerens hjemkomst, will be published this autumn. If greenlit, season one will be an adaptation of the first volume in the series, Skogsmatrosen, where 18-year-old Halvor Skramstad joins the Norwegian merchant navy in December 1939, and

Woman At War Selected For Cannes Critics Week

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð), the second feature by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), has been selected for the 57th La Semaine de la Critique sidebar (9 - 17 May) of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere. The film follows Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an independent woman in her late 40s, who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything to protect the

Obituary: Jon Michelet

Norwegian author and journalist Jon Michelet lost his battle against cancer on Saturday night. He died, surrounded by close family, at 73 years of age. Since his literary debut in 1975 with Den drukner ei som henges skal, Jon Michelet has been one of Norway's most critically acclaimed and best-selling authors. He won the Riverton Prize twice for Best Norwegian Crime Novel: in 1980 with the first Vilhelm Thygesen book, entitled White As Snow (Hvit som snø), and then in 2001 with

HBO Nordic Orders Sci-fi Original Beforeigners

The first HBO Nordic original project to be ordered from from Norway will be eight-part science fiction drama Beforeigners (Fremvandrerne), written by Lilyhammer co-creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin about travellers seeking refuge from another time. Two individuals appear in Oslo under mysterious circumstances, but are just the first of many to arrive from the past who seek refuge in our time. However, The main focus of the series takes place seven years later, as the community is transformed by the