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Section: Foreign Fiction
Original Title: Kongens nei
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 133 min.
Rating: NR
Production Country: Norway
Original Language: Danish
Subtitles: English


January 7-9

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Monday, Jan. 8: 6pm

Tuesday, Jan. 9: 6pm

The King’s Choice

This celebrated and triumphant drama about a nation’s act of defiance explores the true but little-known role Norway played during WWII. Traverse City Film Festival fave Erik Poppe’s (“Troubled Water,” TCFF 2009) intricately told story begins with Norway’s narrow victory against a German ship, one of the film’s stunning battle sequences. The win is quickly proven futile by the overwhelming force of Hitler’s military. Taking place over three days, the drama turns its focus to the Norwegian King’s conflict about whether he should stand against Nazi occupation in the face of a colossal invasion force, or surrender and avoid further loss of life. Though the king’s refusal to cede to Nazi demands is often overlooked by history books, the decision and its aftermath is regarded as a moment that defines Norway’s national character

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Cast / Crew

Director: Erik Poppe
Produced by: Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B. Kvae
Screenwriter: Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Jan Trygve Røyneland
Cast: Jesper Christensen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Karl Markovics
Tuva Novotny