It was only a matter of time.
Roar Uthaug‘s THE WAVE (Bølgen)* (2015) is an Official Oscar® Best Foreign Language film entry from Norway (not nominated).* The film centers around one of the most spectacular tourist destinations nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region–a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment.
After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning center, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.
It was the perfect starting point for the first ever-Scandinavian disaster movie.
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp
*Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival (2015)
**Official entry only. Not nominated for Oscars 2016. The official nominees are “Mustang” (France), “Theeb” (Jordan), “Son of Saul” (Hungary), “Embrace the Serpent” (Colombia), and “A War” (Denmark).
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