The filmmaker discovers that her family has a dark secret. The brother of her grand father was one of Norway's most important Nazis during the German occupation of Norway. This has been a family secret until she turns 30.



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Credited cast:
Inger Helene Andersen ...
Trygve Andersen ...
Turid Bendiksen ...
Nils Borchgrevink ...
Kjell Fjørtoft ...
Ivar Hauge ...
Rolf Grüner Hegge ...
Torture victim
Anne Marie Heszlein ...
Halvor Holm ...
Knut Erik Jensen ...
Gunnar Fredrik Kværk ...
Agent E1
Kari Marthinsen ...
Svein Marthinsen ...
Bamse Matzow ...
Berit Nøkleby ...


The filmmaker discover a dark family secret, and starts interviewing. As the film goes on more and more is revealed about one of the three most important Norwegian Nazis during the Second Wold War. The film tells about his introduction to the Nazi milieu, and when he later becomes the police chief of Oslo, deciding the deportation of Jews, the torture of enemies and the collaboration of the German occupants. The film also tells the story of the assassination of Karl Marthinsen, decided by the Norwegian resistance. Written by Ole Jon Tveito

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8 February 2010 (Norway)  »

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Skuddene på Karl Marthinsen  »

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"Biographical, historically important and courageous..."
8 January 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, producer and documentary filmmaker Benedicte Orvung's documentary feature which she co-wrote with Norwegian screenwriter, producer and documentary filmmaker Svein Rune Nyland after an idea by Benedicte Maria Orvung and co-produced, is inspired by her own discoveries regarding her granduncle who was a military officer and promoter of an ideology from the early 1900s, and whose attempt at transforming Norway into a dehumanizing Fascist nation was put to an end by Norwegian resistance fighters during the Second World War. It premiered in Norway, was shot on locations in Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by producers Tom Edvindsen and Svein Rune Nyland. It tells the story about a student of filmmaking from Mehamn, Finmark, Norway whom in the mid-1990s when she was in her late 20s and whilst studying to become a filmmaker in the capital city of Sweden, learned things about a member of her family and her homeland which she had no prior knowledge of as her family hadn't told her anything about this and which had been kept hidden from her generation.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Nordic filmmaker Benedicte Maria Orvung, this finely paced documentary which is narrated by the director and from multiple viewpoints, draws an informative and unsentimental portrayal of a Norwegian 20th century Nazi from Karlsøy, Troms in Northern Norway who collaborated significantly with Germany and Reischkommissar Josef Terboven during the German occupation of Norway (1940-1945), who had a crucial role in the Norwegian deportation of Norwegian Jews, was a high ranking police officer in the Norwegian clandestine political police called Statspolitiet (1941-1945) which got started after the Norwegian government and the King had exiled to the United Kingdom, a member of a Norwegian Fascist party called National Unity (1933-1945), a paramilitary organization called Hirden (1934-1945) and the Germanic SS-Norway. While notable for its reverent and variegated cinematography by Norwegian cinematographers Tom Edvindsen and Kjell Vassdal, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about family secrets, the origins of Nazism in Norway, capital punishment and terrorism in Norway, treason and unjustifiable Norwegian war crimes where an instructor sheds light over the considerably shadowy history of one of her ancestors, depicts a dense and retrospective study of character and contains a timely score by Norwegian composers Svein Ragnar Myklebust and Frode Ytre-Arne.

This somewhat reserved, investigative and non-judgmental non-fictional feature from the late 2000s which is set in Norway in the early 21st century, which starts off as a relative search and turns into a straightforward history lesson, and which through interviews with family members, authors, historians, witnesses, former members of Statspolitiet, former members of the Norwegian resistance movement, a former member of National Unity and a Jewish-Norwegian Auschwitz survivor elaborates on the conditions in occupied Norway and the conduct of a father, husband, brother, son, fisherman and war criminal who rose to prominent power within the National Socialist police force in Norway during World War II, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, efficient continuity, abrupt film editing, multiple narrators, prominent use of archival footage and photographs, contrasting home video recordings and the at times humorous interviews with the filmmaker's relatives who understandably are not too talkative. A biographical, historically important and courageous documentary feature which recognizes truths about the Norwegian participation in the Holocaust and some of the "many" people who blemished the history of this nation.

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