It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that filmproduksjonen is postponed indefinitely, says the project leader Kristoffer Åsheim Johansen in a press release.

the Battle of Narvik in 1940 was the largest on the Norwegian soil. For less than a month ago started the shooting of the movie about the battle where Hitler’s Germany went on her first bang under 2. world war.

Erik Skjoldbjærg directs the film, which has a budget of closer to 65 million.

Photo: Azad Razaei / NRK

the Movie, with a budget of 65 million, was scheduled to have its premiere before christmas. But there is none of that. The reason is koronaviruset.

It is the planned covered winter scenes were in Northern Norway as a bust in the first place.

– We have time, unfortunately, not to carry out our planned shooting in the north this winter. The same applies to our last day of recording at Rjukan. This will depend on several things, primarily snømangel and karanteneregler. All remaining vinteropptak will, therefore, had to be postponed to the next year, ” says Åsheim Johansen.

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the Reason that the recording be postponed to the next year is all about that the scenes to be recorded in the Narvikregionen must record when there is snow. The recordings should be done as close to the historically correct dates as possible.

we see that is not feasible, so the situation is now.

However, the jobs the crew with a plan to be able to complete the recordings to be done in and around Oslo in april and may. But it assumes that it can be done in a proper manner and that they receive permission from the responsible authorities.

– This does not mean that we stop the project, but that we continue recording as soon as it is prudent with regard to the situation the world is facing for the moment, ” emphasises the project manager.

– We have already worked with the project for over seven years, and are confident that the end product is going to be good.

HITLER’s FIRST DEFEAT: This konseptbildet for the movie shows how Nordisk Film see for themselves the battle of Narvik. Today starts the shooting of the movie, which has been titled “the Battle for Narvik, Hitler’s first defeat”.

Photo: Nordisk film Wanted really to create series

the Road up to the first innspillingsdag has been long and bumpy.

The first plan was to make an international TV series, which was to include perspectives from several of the allied soldiers.

There were soldiers from France, Norway, Poland, the united Kingdom and Germany which fought it through strenuous battle of Narvik.

the Series was planned to 183 million. money, but was shelved when the british pulled out of the project.

In the last year, it was clear that the producers instead bet on a two hours long movie with a budget of around 65 million.

Showed up leading roles

5. march, NRK be the recording in Drammen. The city that was selected, because it looked the most similar to the Narvik did before the city was bombed sønder and together.

It was the NRK also meet the leading roles.

– It is fantastic. I have family with lots of history, so to be allowed to be with to tell stories from my own culture from the North of Norway is huge, ” says Kristine Cornelie Margaret Hartgen to NRK.

Hartgen has been associated with the Hålogaland Theatre, and has previously played for among others, the feature film “The 12. man”. With him she had the male hovedrolleinnehaveren Carl Martin Eggesbø, known from, among other things, “SHAME”.

– It is quite large circumstances to get into, there to be witness to that a war breaks out. It is demanding, explains Eggesbø.

Largest battle on English soil

Together, they play the married couple, Gunnar and Ingrid Tofte, the main characters in the movie that is about the greatest battle on English soil ever.

tens of thousands of norwegians and the allies fought on land and sea. 80 aircraft were shot down and 65 ships sunk. In two months, Narvik was the centre for verdensnyhetene.

“It will be a war drama about some of the most dramatic might have happened in Norwegian history,” says director Erik Skjoldbjærg.