The King's Choice

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The King's Choice
The King's Choice.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Erik Poppe
Produced by Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B. Kvae
Written by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Jan Trygve Røyneland
Starring Jesper Christensen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Tuva Novotny
Katharina Schüttler
Karl Markovics
Juliane Köhler
Rolf Kristian Larsen
Erik Hivju
Music by Johan Söderqvist
Cinematography John Christian Rosenlund
Edited by Einar Egeland
Distributed by Nordisk Filmdistribusjon
Release date
  • 23 September 2016 (2016-09-23)
Running time
133 minutes
Country Norway
Ireland
Language Norwegian
Danish
German
Budget $7.5 million[1]
Box office $9.1 million[2]

The King's Choice (Norwegian: Kongens nei, meaning "The King's No" [3]) is a 2016 biographical war film directed by Erik Poppe. It is a co-production between Norway and Ireland,[4] and was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.[5][6] In December 2016, it made the shortlist of nine films to be considered for a nomination at the 89th Academy Awards.[7]

Plot[edit]

The film is about King Haakon VII's decision to support continuing to fight the German invasion forces rather than acceding to German demands and surrender Norway to Nazi Germany and the Norwegian collaborator Vidkun Quisling. The consequences of the government's refusal to surrender, and the king's support of that, were continued hostilities, the Norwegian royal family's dramatic escape from Norway, and the World War II involvement of Norway on the Allied side. The film is based on a true story of an unprepared royal family during the first three days of the war.[8]

First premiere at the Royal Palace[edit]

The film was first shown to the whole of the present Norwegian royal family at the Royal Palace in Oslo on September 16, 2016.[9]

Cast[edit]

See also[edit]

Historic background[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Innspillingen har tatt fire år – her er traileren til «Kongens nei»". NRK. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kongens Nei (The King's Choice)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Question about Norwegian (bokmal)". HiNative. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Norway picks Irish co-production The King's Choice for Oscar consideration". Scannain. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Johansen, Øystein David (8 September 2016). ""Kongens nei" er Norges Oscar-kandidat". Verdens Gang. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Sandwell, Ian (8 September 2016). "Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race". Variety. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "World War II". The Royal House of Norway. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  9. ^ En magisk kveld i Slottsparken The Royal House of Norway, official website (in Norwegian)

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