Even though anticipated, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates a 85-meter-high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.
Ane Dahl Torp,
Jonas Hoff Oftebro
The life of a family spanning five generations in the 20th century Europe split in half by WW2, centering around the half brothers Barnum and Fred growing up together in Oslo; Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his.
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Margreth Olin has filmed 22 persons i their meeting with the well known voluntary healer Joralf Gjerstad. For 65 years more than 50.000 has gone to him to be healed from illnesses and ill-doings. He has never asked for a penny for this.
At the psychiatric clinic Varden the attendants are mad and the inmates are sane. Here you find life in all it's different faces. Through 24 year old Aina we get to know the insane gang, bringing back her lust for life.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal,
About a pompous, aging alcoholic and a tourettes-inflicted ten-year-old boy who are forced to spend a week together at a high-end hotel. The only thing these two have in common is that they are both difficult to like. The hotel serves as their shared escape from the outside world and the problems it presents.
The story behind Hitler's plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side.
Marc Benjamin Puch
Princess of Rome, Mellika, granddaughter of Great Caesar. The story talks about her move from Byzantium in the 9th century, to avoid her marriage with Krytos, and brings her to Baghdad to become the mother of Imam Mahdi, the Savior.
Roy is mad about cars, and runs Stallion Parts while attending to his yellow Mustang, far away from his daughter, which comes on holiday, while he is to attend a race. Soon he is challenged in a illegal race through the length of Norway.
Anders Baasmo Christiansen,
When the fish run out in the South Pole, Pelé and his family are forced to leave and head north to Stockholm, where Uncle Fernandez lives. In Stockholm the penguins are different. They are sophisticated city penguins.
Eddy Table, known from the comics of Dave Cooper, makes his screen debut in this animated short. One day, Eddy gets lost in a dark forest. There he meets an alluring girl infected by a mysterious parasite. Love and violence ensues.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal,
Yngvill Kolset Haga,
John Erik Kaada
For a big fan of Norwegian duo Knutsen & Ludvigsen, "Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin" is a major disappointment. It's infantile and boring. The screenplay is pretty awful, although there is some humour that works. The funniest people to work on this production were the production designers... the background details, and some of the in-jokes, are the only things that make this film the least bit funny.
The screenplay should have been built more around the songs of Knutsen & Ludvigsen, rather than the extremely dull, clichéd super villain story we got. On the other hand, the lack of songs spared us from the unfitting singing voices of the guys playing Knutsen & Ludvigsen. They did a good job with the dialogue, but their style of singing does not fit these songs at all.
I don't know what went wrong. If surviving Knutsen & Ludvigsen member Øystein Dolmen has simply lost his touch, or if the studio ruined his screenplay... Anyway, "Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin" joins the ranks of terribly mediocre Norwegian animated movies, like "Solan & Ludvig: Jul i Flåklypa"... The animation does not live up to the high standard of other films from Qvisten Animation either. The film has been well received in Norway, which is incomprehensible to me... It must be the nostalgia factor.
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