Yohan: The Child Wanderer

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Yohan: The Child Wanderer
Yohan – Barnevandreren.jpg
Norwegian theatrical poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Bill Dion
  • Odd G. Iversen
  • Brett Jacobs
  • Penelopefilm
Written by Grete Salomonsen
Music by Ragnar Bjerkreim
Cinematography Odd Hynnekleiv
Edited by Tore Hynnekleiv
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release date
  • March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
Country Norway
Language Norwegian
Budget 35 million krone (est.)

Yohan: The Child Wanderer (Norwegian: Yohan – Barnevandrer) is a 2010 family film directed by Grete Salomonsen. The film is based on true stories about child wanderers in Norway.

The film was made simultaneously in two languages, English and Norwegian.[1] It was scheduled to be distributed to 30 countries.[2] It premiered in Norway on March 26, 2010.[3][4] As of August 2011, it still has not been released in the United States. Yohan is the most expensive children's film ever made in Norway. The film features 100 specific roles, 400 to 500 extras and around 200 animals. Yohan was filmed in Norway and also California, US in order to shoot scenes with wolves. These scenes were directed by Hollywood animal trainer Steve Martin.


Penelopefilm in Kristiansand, Norway started to work on the film in 1990, researching historical facts regarding the child wanderings. In 1991, the company interviewed two remaining child wanderers, living in the United States. They were then 99 and 100 years old.[5]


Role Actor/Actress
Yohan Aamot Robin Pedersen Daniel
Johannes Aamot Dennis Storhøi
Marta Aamot Agnete Haaland
Adult Yohan Kris Kristofferson
Levi Alexander Rybak
Anna Mathilde Berg
(Stepmother of Levi)
Aylar Lie
Teacher Morten Abel
Nome Jørgen Langhelle
Olai Adam Eftevaag
(Father of Levi)
Morten Harket
Ferryman Alejandro Fuentes
Singer Carola Häggkvist


The film's theme song is performed by Carola Häggkvist.[5]


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