Narvik harbour WW2
The battles of Narvik at WW2
The Battles of Narvik
The infantry wars in the mountains around Narvik
The feature film "Narvik" is under production
Take the opportunity to see the premier at Narvik cinema the 25th of December 2021
The small port town of Narvik, which served as a shipping port for the valuable iron ore from Sweden, ended abruptly and inadvertently in the middle of the line of fire when World War II broke out. The iron ore was crucial for the German armor industry and both Hitler and Churchill were painfully aware that the one who wins the iron ore, wins the war.
In 62 days, 64 ships were sunk and 86 aircrafts shot down. 8,500 soldiers were killed and the relentless climate north of the Arctic Circle placed inhuman demands on both soldiers and civilian. The infantry wars in the mountains around Narvik were characterized by blizzards, cold and lack of equipment and supplies. From the sea, warships and submarines with torpedoes, artillery and bombs ravaged. And in the middle of these two fronts, Narvik’ s civilian population was trapped, with no opportunity to escape.
But through the brutal battle of Narvik, the Allies succeeded in proving that the overwhelming German war machine could be overcome. President Roosevelt summed it up best in his famous 1942 speech: Look to Norway, he said, but what he really meant was probably: Look to Narvik.
The feature film “Narvik” aims to portray both the military and the civilian side of the two intense months of spring 1940, when more than 25,000 Norwegians and Allied soldiers fought side by side against the Germans.
Nordisk Film Production and Storyline Nor are the major investors in this big film production. The main producer is Aage Aaberge, one of Norway’s most experienced feature film producers, known for the big films Kon-Tiki and Den 12.mann. Director is Erik Skjoldbjærg, well known for Insomnia, NOKAS, Pyromanen and the TV series Occupied.
- An under-communicated, northern Norwegian chapter in Norway’s war history will finally get the format it deserves – and hopefully also a place in common, national consciousness, says producer Aage Aaberge.
The film has a budget of 63,2 million Norwegian kroner, and has received 15 million in support from the Norwegian Film Institute.