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The King’s Choice

  • Directed by Erik Poppe
  • Norway, 2016, 133 mins., Norwegian/German/Danish/Swedish

The King’s Choice looks at a seminal moment in modern Norwegian history: the days in 1940 when King Haakon faced the momentous decision about whether or not to cooperate with the invading German army. Threatening to abdicate if the government chose cooperation, he advocated all-out resistance, placing himself and his family in great danger, and guaranteeing his place in the annals of Norwegian history. Poppe’s (Eggs, Hawaii, Oslo) epic film about the real events that turned a brave man into the peoples’ king is this year’s Norwegian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Screen Daily

Interviews: Interview with Erik Poppe, Jesper Christensen & Anders Baasmo at Cinema Scandinavia

Filmography: 1,000 Times Good Night (2013), Troubled Water (2008), Hawaii, Oslo (2004), Bunch of Five (1998)