Sons of Norway (2011)

Director:Jens Lien Producer:Christian Fredrik Martin Story & Screenplay by:Nikolaj Frobenius Music by:Ginge Anvik Cinematography:Morten Søborg Edited by:Vidar Flataukan Running time:1h 27min Country:Norway Language:Norwegian Genre:Drama  Subtitle:English  Starring:Sven Nordin ... Magnus, Åsmund Høeg ... Nikolaj, Sonja Richter ... Lone,

John Lydon ... Johnny Rotten, Camilla Friisk ... Nina, Ivar Lykke ... Politimann, Trond Nilssen ... Anton,

Tony Veitsle Skarpsno ... Tor, Telly Savalas ... Theo Kojak, Eliza Sica ... Punk Girl





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ҧ:6 wins & 4 nominations.



Amanda Awards, Norway 2012

Best Actor (Årets mannlige skuespiller)
Sven Nordin 
Best Production Design (Årets scenografi)
Are Sjaastad 

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival 2011

Best Fiction Feature
Best Fiction Feature
Jens Lien (director) 
Friland (production company) 

Ghent International Film Festival 2012

Youth Jury Award - Special Mention
Jens Lien (director) 

Göteborg Film Festival 2012

Jens Lien 

"The FIPRESCI award goes to Sønner av Norge (Sons of Norway), a funny, moving and creative ... More

Dragon Award
Best Nordic Film
Jens Lien 

Les Arcs European Film Festival 2011

Prize for the Best Music
Ginge Anvik 
Feature Film
Ginge Anvik (composer) 
Crystal Arrow
Jens Lien 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2011

Jury Prize
Best Actor
Sven Nordin (actor) 

It''s not easy to rebel when your dad 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.

User Reviews
Absolutely wonderful, funny and thought provoking film!
29 July 2012 | by junktrashgarbage (United States)
John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon cameos and Executive-Produces this social/political fantastic coming-of-age film. Nikolaj adores his eccentric hippie parents, especially his extremely unconventional father. Christmas is celebrated around a tree strung with bananas (summing up the father''s feelings regarding the religious reasons for the holiday), and the holiday''s good-humored Christmas dinner table blessing includes quotes from Nietzsche challenging beliefs in Christ and/or Christianity. But when Nikolaj''s mother dies in a tragic accident, Nikolaj''s anger helps to guide him toward punk, The Sex Pistols and a need to rebel against the hypocrisy and bleak future that he now sees his school, society - and yes, even his dad - leading him to. The problem is, rebelliousness has always been encouraged, not disciplined, in Nikolaj''s home. Plus, Nikolai''s dad was also badly damaged, and is now feeling a similar need to lash out. How do you stand up against your father when he begins following you down YOUR path and listening to YOUR music? Plus, he goes so far in supporting your rebelliousness that he actually comes to your school - rather brilliantly - to defend you when you are threatened with discipline after throwing a bottle at your school principal, hitting him in the head, during a bullshit public speech. Effectively, your dad is growing up just as much as you are. But still, there remains much to lash out against. For one, Nikolaj''s father drags him along as he retreats to a hippie nudist colony, a personal journey for dad that turns out to be about little more than a need to shagg some woman from behind in the bushes. Then there''s his dad''s overly familiar playfulness with one of Nikolaj''s teen-aged female friends. The last straw is broken, however, when Nikolaj''s band gets their 1st public gig and - needing a drummer after their regular one has a bad reaction to some drugs - Nikolaj''s father is called upon by the band to sit in with them. SONS OF NORWAY is a delightful and very thoughtful film that provides seems honest, while avoiding easy answers.

Something''s Rotten in Norway
Author: johno-21 from United States
25 January 2012
I recently saw this at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival where director Jens Lien was on hand at my screening for a Q&A following the film. The film is set in 1978 where Magnus (Sven Nordin) and Lone (Sonja Richter) are a new age couple raising two boys. Magnus is an architect by trade and is in a transition stage between being a hippy and a new age trend setter. His loving wife Lone puts up with his eccentricities and is the glue that keeps the family stable. A family tragedy propels the oldest son Nikolaij (Åsmund Høeg) into being a follower of the punk rock scene where he joins a band and rebels on the establishment of his hometown. Magnus goes through the family crisis on a different course following a nervous breakdown. This is a smart and funny comedy with a heavy sprinkling of drama to keep it on track. Norway has become known in recent years for the quirky comedy/drama films coming from there and this is a good example. Great directing by Lien from an excellent story by Nikolaij Frobenius. Fine acting performances from a great cast and nicely photographed by cinematographer Morte Søberg. Masterfully edited by Vidar Flatauken with a great score and sound this is a worthwhile coming of age film. Look for former Sex Pistols front man John Lydon as his alter ego Johnny Rotten in a cameo and a soundtrack featuring six original Sex Pistol classics. I would recommend this imaginative film and give it a 9.0 out of 10.