Harald Zwart

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Harald Zwart
Harald Zwart.jpg
Zwart in 2010
Born (1965-07-01) July 1, 1965 (age 50)
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Film director

Harald Zwart (born July 1, 1965) is a Norwegian film director.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Although born in the Netherlands, Zwart was raised in Fredrikstad in Norway. As early as age eight, he started making short films. He attended the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam where he received great acclaim for his student film Gabriel's Surprise. The film was later televised.

In addition to several award-winning short films, music videos and commercials, he has directed the films Agent Cody Banks, One Night at McCool's, Hamilton and Lange Flate Ballær 2. He is also the co-director and producer of the first Long Flat Balls, a Norwegian film about soccer fans from the city of Fredrikstad, Norway. This movie, often described as "The Full Monty" with more laughs, became a huge hit in Norway. Zwart's largest grossing film to date is The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Harald Zwart has directed music videos for the Norwegian band a-ha, for the songs "Velvet" and "Forever Not Yours".

He is attached as executive producer and possibly director to a Sony Pictures Animation's live-action/CG feature film based on the video game RollerCoaster Tycoon,[2] and as a director to Universal Pictures' Bakugan, a feature film based on the strategic game and anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers.[3]

His trademark is that he always adds props and items that represent Fredrikstad and the football club Fredrikstad F.K. in his movies.



  1. ^ "Information about Harald Zwart". Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  2. ^ Caoili, Eric (May 14, 2010). "Sony Pictures Animation Picks Up Rights For Rollercoaster Tycoon Film". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sneider, Jeff (December 20, 2010). "Exclusive: Harald Zwart Attached to Direct Universal's 'Bakugan'". The Wrap. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (March 16, 2012). "Constantin Sets Lily Collins For Harald Zwart-Helmed ‘Mortal Instruments’". Deadline. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ford, Rebecca (February 17, 2015). "Harald Zwart to Direct Blumhouse Family Horror Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 

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