Haugesund: ‘Operation Arctic’ Helmer Follows Up With ‘Hand in Hand’

HAUGESUND, Norway — Grethe Boe-Waal, the writer-director of Sundance-preeming Norwegian hit movie “Operation Arctic,” is set to follow up with Swedish action thriller Hand in Hand” (a working title).

Budgeted at around 3 million Euros ($3.3 million) , “Hand in Hand” centers on a 12-year-old girl who finds out her dad works as an undercover cop and has been kidnapped by gangsters. Bringing along her friend, who comes from a much different background, the tweener embarks on a high-voltage road trip across the country to rescue her father.

Produced by Leif Mohlin’s Mint AB, “Hand in Hand” is penned by Erik Ahrnbom (“Stockholm Stories”) and Boe-Waal. It’s based on an idea by Mohlin and wife/fellow producer Helene Mohlin.

“It’s a real twist on movie like ‘Taken,’ where you have a father searching for his kid. These two girls are as fearless as action stars and they’ll be fun to watch,” said Boe-Waal, who added “‘Hand in Hand’ will be packed with action and suspense as well as heart-warming scenes.”

The helmer, whose “Operation Arctic” won an Amanda prize (Norway’s top film honor) for best children feature, also pointed out Sweden provided a compelling backdrop for an action-adventure movie because of the diversity of its settings. “We’ll be shooting in the Swedish wilderness as well as the urban landscapes such as Stockholm,” revealed Boe-Waal, who grew up in the Norwegian wilderness.

“Even though the film has thriller elements, our goal is to make it entertaining for family audiences, as everything we do,” said Mohlin. The producer, who previously teamed with Boe-Waal on several Swedish TV series for kids and families, praised the filmmaker’s storytelling skills and ability to work with children.

“Operation Arctic,” which centers on three sibling kids caught up in a winter storm on the island of Spitsbergen, is playing at Haugesund. Pic world premiered at Sundance and screened at Toronto, among other festivals. TrustNordisk has now sold the movie to several territories.

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