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Film Review: ‘The 12th Man’

  • Variety
Harrowing physical adventure “The 12th Man” retells the story of Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor of a thwarted Allied sabotage mission against the Nazis in occupied Norway. Wounded, hunted, often near-death, his long but ultimately successful escape to Sweden was already dramatized onscreen in 1957’s “Ni Liv” aka “Nine Lives,” an Oscar nominee considered one of the greatest Norwegian features ever made. (More recently it was also the subject of documentary miniseries “In the Footsteps of Jan Baalsrud.”)

One might not automatically set expectations quite so high for a new version directed by Harald Zwart, who’s scored some major hits both at home (comedy “Long Flat Balls” and its sequel) and internationally (the “Karate Kid” remake) as well as some thoroughly mainstream duds. But “12th Man” easily reps a personal best for the helmer, and is a stirring adventure by any standard. It opens in New York and Los
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Trailer for Norwegian Resistance Fighter Survival Film 'The 12th Man'

"The last thing they need is that we find a new symbol." IFC Films has debuted an official trailer for a new survival thriller titled The 12th Man, the latest film from prominent Hollywood director Harald Zwart. The film tells the true story of a WWII resistance fighter from Norway named Jan Baalsrud, played by Thomas Gullestad. After the Nazis invaded Scandinavia, resistance fighters would do their best to fight back. After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Jan ends up on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia. The cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Vegar Hoel, Håkon T. Nielsen, and Eirik Risholm Velle. This looks like a harrowing survival film, nothing particularly new, but still intriguing enough to warrant a watch sometime. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Harald Zwart's ...
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LevelK takes Berlin Generation titles 'Inland Road' and 'Oskar's America'

  • ScreenDaily
LevelK takes Berlin Generation titles 'Inland Road' and 'Oskar's America'
Exclusive: LevelK boards pair of Berlin world premieres.

LevelK has boarded sales for two films having world premieres in Berlinale’s Generation selection: The Inland Road [pictured] and Oskar’s America.

The Inland Road (Generation 14plus), the debut feature from New Zealand writer/director Jackie van Beek, is a coming-of-age drama about a 16-year-old Maori runaway who develops a surprising bond with a family she meets after a fatal car accident.

Aaron Watson produces for Sabertooth Films. The cast features Gloria Popata, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, David Elliot, Jodie Hillock and Georgina Spillane.

“What I most hope to express through this film is the great capacity we have as human beings for love, kindness and forgiveness,” the director said.

Van Beek is also an actress who is best known for What We Do In The Shadows; her short Go The Dogs played at the 2011 Berlinale.

Torfinn Iversen’s Norwegian-Swedish family film Oskar’s America (Generation Kplus) is about a 10-year-old
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'Jackpot' Remake Lands 'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins

'Jackpot' Remake Lands 'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins (Monster) has signed on to direct an American remake of the hit Norwegian comedy Jackpot, which is based on a story by Jo Nesb&#248 (Headhunters).

The story follows four men with dangerous pasts who all win big in a sports betting pool, although lethal complications arise when it comes time to split up the winnings. Magnus Martens directed the original film, which starred Kyrre Hellum, Henrik Mestad, Marie Blokhus and Mads Ousdal.

Dave Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables 3) has signed on to write the screenplay, with Will Gluck (Annie) attached to produce through his Olive Bridge company. It isn't known when production may begin.

Patty Jenkins made her directorial debut with the 2004 drama Monster, which earned Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress. She was, at one point, attached to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel before parting ways due to creative differences. She has since
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