Norway’s Cinenord and Beta join forces on WWII series “Atlantic Crossing”
Munich, 12 February 2018. It’s a true but untold story, offering a unique perspective on the tragic events of WWII: Cinenord and Beta join forces on Atlantic Crossing, centering on Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha, who fled from the Nazi occupation to become an influential figure in world politics, living in the White House and trying to persuade President Roosevelt to enter the war. The eight-hour drama for Norwegian broadcaster NRK, set in the US, UK and Norway, will start production this summer on locations in Europe and overseas. Beta Film coproduces and handles international distribution. Executvie Producer Silje Eik Hopland and showrunner-director Alexander Eik have attached US based Avy Kaufmann to cast among others the role of President Roosevelt, who will play the leading part next to the Crown Princess.
The series, aimed to be one of the biggest Scandinavian productions to date, will receive $ 3.5 million in subsidies through the Norwegian Film Institute's incentive program. Together with Wisting, another Cinenord project, the company receives the biggest amount of Norwegian funding ever granted, leaving behind top scorer, Universal’s “The Snowman” with Michael Fassbender.
Atlantic Crossing is an inspiring story of power struggles, courage, world politics, and a woman’s political and personal awakening, all embedded in the drama of war. It is also a story about love, which is put to the biggest test imaginable when the Crown Princess and her husband Olav, who lives in exile in London, are forced to be apart for five years.
Showrunner and director Alexander Eik: “The Crown Princess’ flight from Norway brought her to the epicenter of world power, the White House, while the rest of the world was on fire. Here she realizes, for the first time, that she has real political influence, and becomes an informal, but central figure in Washington’s political scene. Her close relationship to President Franklin D. Roosevelt will take center stage in the series. Until now, the history of war has always been the history of men: the heroics, the sabotage, the battles. It is high time to show a different perspective, which is why we’ll see these world events through women’s eyes.”
Co-scriptwriter Linda Kallestein: “We will also get to know other strong female figures, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, lady-in-waiting Ragni, the mother Ingeborg, and the child princesses Ragnhild and Astrid, just to name a few.”
Atlantic Crossing is produced by Cinenord Drama for NRK, supported by the Norwegian Film Institute.
About CINENORD DRAMA
CINENORD DRAMA was established by Silje Hopland Eik and Alexander Eik in 2014 and is a part of Cinenord, the parent company behind successes such as Varg Veum and Casper and Emma. Cinenord is one of Norway’s biggest production companies, having produced and co-produced 28 feature films and 2 TV shows over the past 13 years.
About Beta Film:
Beta Film is one of Europe’s leading international distributors of licenses rights for TV, HV, new media and theatrical with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program and established itself as a producer and co-producer of national and international high end drama. While the Beta Cinema portfolio comprises many Academy Award-nominated and -winning films, Kineos is responsible for licensing German-language rights to 12,000 titles. In the classical-music domain, Unitel is the global leader in the production of audiovisual music recordings, with a film stock of around 1,500 productions. The corporate group also has stakes in several national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto's company group since 2004.
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