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Norway | 2016 | 90 minutes | Rune Denstad Langlo

A Norwegian loser comes up with a brilliant plan to save his family's fledgling ski resort—turn it into a state-funded refugee center—in this scandalous comedy from director Rune Denstad Langlo (Chasing the Wind).

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Set against the backdrop of a beautiful Norwegian village, this scandalous comedy follows a xenophobic ski-resort owner, Primus (Anders Baasmo Christiansen), as he attempts to find a way to save his failing business. The film brings humor to a serious, topical issue when Primus encounters a group of refugees and sees an opportunity: If he turns his family's resort into a refugee camp, he will be able to support it with government funding. Unsurprisingly, Primus soon discovers how out of his depth he is. Although he has not finished the resort renovations and the government has not yet greenlit the facilities, he takes in 50 refugees. To top it off, his arrogance and habit of regularly making tasteless jokes about the people he's sheltering brings up conflict after conflict. His entire venture likely would have gone up in flames if not for Abedi (Olivier Mukata), a young man from Congo who answers Primus' questions about the refugees and advises Primus on how to run this new operation, in addition to speaking five languages. Eventually, all the new tenants, but especially Abedi, start to change Primus' attitude for the better.

Director Biography
Rune Denstad Langlo is a Norwegian filmmaker best known for his feature film Nord (2009), which took home several awards and nominations at film festivals across Europe as well as in Tribeca. He's also worked as a television producer in his native Norway.

Sponsored by KUOW 94.9, Center for West European Studies

  • Director: Rune Denstad Langlo
  • Principal Cast: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Slimane Dazi, Henriette Steenstrup, Olivier Mukata
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Norway
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Magnus Ramsdalen
  • Screenplay: Rune Denstad Langlo
  • Cinematographers: Philip Øgaard
  • Editors: Vidar Flataukan
  • Music: Ola Kvernberg
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Goteborg Film Festival 2016 (Public Choice Award for best Nordic film)
  • Filmography: Chasing the Wind (2013); North (2009); 99% Honest (doc, 2008); All for Norway (doc, 2005)
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Beta Cinema