Director: Erik Poppe
NO, SE, DK, IE
Three dramatic days in April 1940. The King of Norway is presented with an impossible ultimatum from the German armed forces: Surrender or die! The Royal Family is forced to flee from the capital. They decide to separate ways, without knowing if they will ever see each other again. The Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav stay to fight the Germans. King Haakon refuses to capitulate, even if it may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.
King Haakon was a man for whom honour and sense of duty were more than just nice words. This unequivocally patriotic drama was Norway's Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Curator's point of view: A classic story line, outstanding actors and accurate historic background – an unusual way of making a film for Erik Poppe – have come together in a film on the significance of a decision important not only to Norwegians.