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Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden


It’s not easy to rebel when your father wants to join the party ... One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son Nikolaj hit the wall in their new terrace house in Rykkinn. Magnus is an architect, hippie and free spirit, a glaring exception in a community where equality and conformity is the norm. He always stands up for his son, supporting him unconditionally, even when Nikolaj decides to stop giving a damn. SONS OF NORWAY is a film about rebellion, punk rock, suburban hell and the struggle between freaks and punks. But most of all, it’s the story of an unusual father-son relationship, and about the strength of the bonds we sometimes do our best to rip apart.

Director's Statement

A very important thing for me was that this film should not be about a pity little boy growing up in an ugly satellite city starting with drugs and then going to hell. I have seen too many of those films (especially in Scandinavia) and I don’t like them. I wanted this story to be with humour and vitality. In one moment I wanted the audience to laugh their heads off and in the next they should regret that they laughed at all. I wanted to tell a strong emotional story with absurd elements. Just like punk itself: honest, raw and fun.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jens Lien

Written by: Nikolaj Frobenius

Produced by: Christer Nilssen, Christian Fredrik Martin, Antoine Simkine, Bo Erhardt, Maja Dyekjær, Tomas Eskilsson

Cinematography: Morten Søborg

Editing: Vidar Flataukan

Production Design: Are Sjaastad

Original Score: Jan Inge (Ginge)

Cast: Tony Veitsle Skarpsno (Tor), Åsmund Høeg (Nikolaj), Sven Nordin (Magnus), Sonja Richter (Lone)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2012