Max Manus: WWII Epic

Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s “Max Manus” will have its international première at a gala screening during the 34th Toronto Film Fest, which runs between Sep 10-19.


Co-director Cameron Bailey has confirmed the presentation will take place during the last weekend of the festival, ”which will guarantee a full, enthusiastic house.” Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, who plays the lead, and German actor Ken Duken will attend.

Produced by John M Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo for Filmkameratene, the World War II epic has exceeded 1.2 million admissions domestically, to become the best-grossing Norwegian feature for the last 30 years.

“Max Manus” is nominated in 10 categories for the Amanda, Norway’s national film prize which will be announced on Friday, 21 August during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Recently it received five Kanon awards from the Norwegian film industry at Kosmorama Film Festival in Trondheim.