Published on October 13th, 2009 | by Chris2
Caught this little snippet about a film shown at this year’s Nordic Film Festival, Max Manus….
Max Manus fought Adolf Hitler’s forces in Finland, then returned home to lead a group of saboteurs to battle them in his homeland. What distinguishes the film is its depiction of Manus as a vulnerable leader and a refusal to stereotype the invaders as heartless thugs.
While its setting is World War II, Sandberg sees Max Manus outside those terms. ”It’s about friendship and love. It’s about a guy who loses almost all of his friends. But he finds love, and that’s what saves him.”
The film is based on Manus’s own books, with the script by Thomas Nordseth-Tiller, a graduate of Edith Cowan University in Perth and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Roenning and Sandberg were working on a remake of The Heroes of Telemark, a 1965 Kirk Douglas film about Norwegian efforts to thwart Hitler’s work on an atomic bomb, when Nordseth-Tiller won a script competition judged by Liv Ullmann. Fans of the war movie genre, the two directors dropped everything to embrace the new opportunity.
Sounds interesting… note the bit about the remake of “The Heroes of Telemark” as well…