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Goteborg: Beta Cinema Sells Refugee Comedy ‘Welcome To Norway’ Abroad

Beta Cinema has scored some pre-sales on Rune Denstad Langlo’s refugee comedy “Welcome to Norway” ahead of the film’s world premiere at Göteborg and EFM screening.

The high-concept comedy has been picked up by Neue Visionen in Germany and Austria, Filmcoopi in Switzerland and Good Films in Italy. Beta Cinema will continue selling the movie in Goteborg and at the EFM in Berlin. France, UK and Benelux are expected to close next.

Langlo’s third feature film, “Welcome to Norway” turns on Per Primus, a hotel owner in a ski resort in Norway who finds himself completely out of his depth when 50 refugees arrive. The pic stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“In Order of Disappearance”), Slimane Dazi (“A Prophet”), Henriette Steenstrup (“Turn Me On! Damn It”) and newcomer Olivier Mukuta.

“Sometimes it is amazing how the actuality of a story can sync up with the timing of the production. We worked on the script for two years and shot last spring, and now the refugee situation is in all headlines. For me it has been inspiring to work with Rune and Anders Baasmo Christensen, the lead from North,” said Sigve Endresen at Motlys AS, whose credits include Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” produced the movie.

Langlo, who has previously directed “North” and “Chasing The Wind,” said he shot the film in a shuttered alpine lodge between Norway and Sweden. “We were a group of hundred people from twenty nations, speaking fourteen languages. We had no idea how topical the film would become. But when all seems hopeless and tragedy becomes most terrible, one must be allowed to laugh – at oneself, at others, and at each other,” revealed the director.

Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter pointed the subject matter was well apprehended in the “form of a smart but warmhearted comedy that teaches us a lesson or two about the current state of the so-called ‘refugee crisis.'”

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