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The King's Choice (2016)

Kongens nei (original title)
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April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

Director:

Erik Poppe

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Alf R. Jacobsen (inspired by a book written by), Harald Rosenløw-Eeg | 1 more credit »
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Jesper Christensen ... H.M. Kong Haakon VII
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... H.K.H. Kronprins Olav
Karl Markovics ... Curt Bräuer
Tuva Novotny ... H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Märtha
Arthur Hakalahti ... Menig Fredrik Seeberg
Svein Tindberg Svein Tindberg ... Peder Anker Wedel Jarlsberg
Andreas Lust ... Oberstleutnant Hartwig Pohlman
Katharina Schüttler ... Anna Elisabeth ('Anneliese') Bräuer
Ketil Høegh Ketil Høegh ... Utenriksminister Halvdan Koht
Gerald Pettersen Gerald Pettersen ... Statsminister Johan Nygaardsvold
Jan Frostad Jan Frostad ... Stortingspresident Carl Joachim Hambro
Erik Hivju Erik Hivju ... Oberst Birger Eriksen
Espen Sandvik Espen Sandvik ... Kaptein Magnus P. Sødem
Sofie Falkgård Sofie Falkgård ... Prinsesse Ragnhild
Ingrid Ross Raftemo Ingrid Ross Raftemo ... Prinsesse Astrid
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April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and King Haakon VII, the royal family and government have fled into the interior of the country. The German envoy to Norway, Curt Brauer, tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King. Written by grantss

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Norway | Sweden | Denmark | Ireland

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Norwegian | German | Danish | Swedish | English

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22 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tre døgn i april See more »

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$112,443, 16 November 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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The amount of snow in Oslo changes from nothing to substantial amounts back and forth, especially between the scenes at the Royal Palace and the German Embassy. See more »

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Song of the Universal
Written by Ola Gjeilo and Walt Whitman
Performed by Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene
Piano: Ola Gjeilo
Conductor: Anita Brevik
Recording producer and balance engineer: Morten Lindberg
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Gripping WW II drama --The aged king of Norway faces the Germans down without a flinch.
23 February 2017 | by alexdeleonfilmSee all my reviews

KONGENS NEI image1.jpeg Jesper Christensen, magnificent as Hakon VII in "The King's Choice" The Norwegian WWII epic called "The Kings Choice". (Kongens Nei) was viewed at the lavish Zoo Palace in Berlin during the 2017 Berlin film festival. This is a tremendous docu-drama of the category "They don't them like this Anymore" -- over two gripping hours long but focusing on just the four day period from April 8 to April 11, 1940 -- when the Germans invaded neutral Norway to seize the iron ore reserves and the long strategic coastline under the pretense that they were protecting Norway from a British invasion. The old actor who plays King Hakon VI as a devoted family man as well as a noble king was exceptional and arresting. (Jesper Christensesn, 68) . Suspense filled, almost an historical thriller. So well made that even if this is a relatively unknown corner of WW history it may go over at some international BOs just for the spectacle and scope.

A great picture in every respect. King Hakon VII already up in years, has to decide whether to agree to a Puppet Government under Norwegian traitor Quisling or refuse to accede to the German demands and bring the Norwegians into armed conflict with the overpowering invaders. After fleeing to the north one step ahead of the advancing Germans he agrees to meet the German envoy for a final attempt at a negotiated settlement to achieve a peaceful solution but feels it his royal duty to decline and enter into a brief hopeless war of resistance. The events of these critical days are followed almost hour by hour with inter-titles on screen to produce a documentary feel. This is a somewhat fictionalized account for dramatic effect, based, however completely on real, people and real events. "King's Choice" is a 2016 biographical war drama directed by Erik Poppe. A co-production between Norway and Ireland, and was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2017.


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