Operation Napoleon

by Oskar Thor Axelsson

The gripping English-language thriller is based on the eponymous best-selling novel by Iceland's master of crime, Arnaldur Indriðason and features a stellar cast, led by Icelandic newcomer Vivian Ólafsdóttir and Iain Glen, best known as Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones.

Young Icelandic lawyer Kristin gets drawn into the vortex of an international conspiracy when she receives grainy footage of an old airplane wreck, recently revealed by the melting of one of Iceland's largest glaciers. The old German World War II plane not only brings ruthless criminals onto the scene, but also CIA vice director William Carr, who had already been secretly trying to remove the wreck for a long time. Kristin places herself in great danger, refusing to rest until the key has been discovered that will solve the riddle of Operation Napoleon …

Genre / Language / Length
Thriller / English, Icelandic / 100 minutes
Original title
Operation Napoleon
directed by
Oskar Thor Axelsson
produced by
Sagafilm, Splendid Entertainment
  • Iain Glen (Resident Evil, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey)
  • Vivian Ólafsdóttir (Cop Secret, It Hatched)
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Widow)

Press Quotes

“Hitchcock on the Rocks.”
Berliner Morgenpost

“Actress Vivian Ólafsdóttir, has real star potential!”

“The breathtaking landscape in which the film is set and the really cool female hero are worth the trip to the cinema.”

“Gritty Nordic noir based on the bestseller of the same name”

“A virtuos thriller… The fast-paced editing and shots of the spectacular Icelandic landscape create a maelstrom-like mood.”
Muenchner Merkur

“Great Icelandic scenery”
Tagesspiegel Ticket

“A thrilling film adaptation”

“A strong action film with a good story, fantastic actors and impressive images from beautiful Iceland. What more could you want?”

“A straightforward thriller with… gripping moments of suspense.”

“Set in Iceland's impressive landscapes.”
Hamburger Abendblatt