Magazine article Screen International

Norwegian Disaster Movie in the Pipeline

Magazine article Screen International

Norwegian Disaster Movie in the Pipeline

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Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is preparing Scandinavia's first disaster movie, The Wave (Bølgen).

The film, budgeted at $7.9m (NOK50m), will depict a tsunami that is predicted to hit Norway at some point in the future.

There was a previous instance in 1934 when 2 million cubic metres of rock fell into Norway's Tafiord, triggering a 85-metre wave, which left 40 people dead.

Currently, a 700-metre crevice in the Åkneset Fjell, aka the Fjell of Death, expands by 10-15cm annually. This will eventually result in a rockslide, creating a tsunami in the fjord and destroying everything in its path before it reaches land in Geiranger.

"I have been fascinated by this event since I first heard about it six or seven years ago," said Norwegian producer Martin Sundland, of Fantefilm Fiksjon, which is making feature currently in post-production.

"It is scary that there is such a place in Norway where disaster will unavoidably happen again."

Filming on Norwegian locations and in Romanian studios, the cast include Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Eili Harboe and Jonas Hoff Oftebro. …

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