Welcome to Norway

by Rune Denstad Langlo

A comedy about a racist and broke hotel owner who starts a refugee reception center at the family‘s mountain resort in order to save their business.

Per Primus is a fourth generation mountain resort hotel owner; he‘s born and raised far up in the Norwegian mountians and lives there with his wife and daughter. Primus is a bit more racist than most, and is hopeless with money. Since the tourists haven‘t been coming to the mountains anymore, he decides to go into the business of running a state-funded asylum reception center. But it‘s not going to be as easy as he first expected. Because along with 50 unruly refugees, most of them muslims and Arabic speaking, comes Abedi, an endlessly annoying optimist from Congo. He annoys the hell out of Primus, but eventually Abedi changes Primus‘ life completely. And in the end he has to make a choice: his friend or the money.

Genre / Language / Length
Comedy / English, Norwegian / 90 minutes
Original title
Primus Motor
directed by
Rune Denstad Langlo
produced by
Motlys AS
  • Anders Baasmo Christiansen (KON-TIKI)
  • Henriette Steenstrup
  • Olivier Mukata
  • Ninni Bakke Kristiansen

Press Quotes

“A pleasantly pointed wheeze. Spins a tale about a loveable loser that brings levity to a serious subject matter. Never overplaying, the warm, optimistic Mukata
a real-life asylum seeker who came to Norway with his family at the age of 18

is the heart and soul of the film.”

“Witty and smart... This is furiously festive and utterly tragic all at once, and in various ways.”
Dagens Næringsliv