28. Januar 2016

Munich, 28th January, 2016. Ahead of its world premiere in competition at the 39th Göteborg Film Festival and its subsequent bow at the EFM in Berlin, Beta Cinema announces the acquisition of Rune Denstad Langlo’s WELCOME TO NORWAY – accompanied by a string of pre-sales already.

Neue Visionen (Germany and Austria), Filmcoopi (Switzerland) and Good Films (Italy) secured the rights to the high-concept comedy, with further interest fielding from virtually all over the world, most prominently France, UK and Benelux. 

WELCOME TO NORWAY, which will have its world premiere on Feb 5th in Gothenburg, is Beta Cinema’s flagship of the EFM line-up and scheduled for a prominent first Berlinale presentation in a CineStar IMAX screening on Thursday, Feb. 11th, at 5pm, the opening day of the festival.

WELCOME TO NORWAY is a sharp and acutely topical comedy about Per Primus, a hotel owner in a ski resort in Norway, who is a little more racist than most, but falls for the idea to turn the family business into a refugee reception center in order to save it from financial ruin. He finds himself completely out of his depth when 50 refugees arrive. And things are hardly improved by relentlessly optimistic Abdi, a refugee from Eritrea. Eventually, though, they are forced to cooperate.

Starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen (KON-TIKI, NORTH, IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE) Slimane Dazi (UN PROPHET), Henriette Steenstrup (TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!) and introducing Olivier Mukuta as Abdi, WELCOME TO NORWAY marks Rune Denstad Langlo’s third feature film after NORTH and CHASING THE WIND and is coming from his regular producer, Sigve Endresen and Motlys AS, who were last featured in competition at Cannes 2015 with Joachim Trier’s LOUDER THAN BOMBS.

Producer Sigve Endresen: “Sometimes it is amazing how the actuality of a story can sync up with the timing of the production. We worked on the script for two years and shot last spring, and now the refugee situation is in all headlines. For me it has been inspiring to work with Rune and Anders Baasmo Christensen, the lead from North. I hope the audience will enjoy it as much as we do.”

Director Rune Denstad Langlo: “We shot the film in a shuttered alpine lodge between Norway and Sweden. We were a group of hundred people from twenty nations, speaking fourteen languages. We had no idea how topical the film would become. But when all seems hopeless and tragedy becomes most terrible, one must be allowed to laugh - at oneself, at others, and at each other. “

Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter: “It couldn’t be more appropriate to tackle this subject matter in the form of a smart but warmhearted comedy that teaches us a lesson or two about the current state of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’. Comedy is a form much more powerful than an drama beating it over your head about how severe the situation is. It is, but we need films like this to keep our optimism.”

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