John Andreas Andersen’s The North Sea sells big while finalising post-production

By Cineuropa / Davide Abbatescianni



Leading Danish sales agent TrustNordisk has closed major territorial deals on John Andreas Andersen’s upcoming disaster flick The North Sea. The Norwegian helmer, best known for his 2018 film The Quake [+], is currently finalising the post-production of his new effort. The news was first reported by Variety.

The story, penned by Andersen and Harald Rosenløw Eeg (The QuakeThe Wave [+]) opens on Christmas Eve in 1969 as the Norwegian government announces that the country is home to the world’s largest offshore oil platform, following the discovery of the Ekofisk field. The finding marks a turning point in the history of Norway and kicks off an unprecedented financial adventure. In detail, the thriller explores the consequences of 50 years of offshore drilling by the Norwegian government. The main cast includes Kristine Kujath ThorpRolf Kristian LarsenAnders Baasmo ChristiansenBjørn Floberg and Anneke von der Lippe. The project’s cinematography was lensed by Pål Ulvik Rokseth (Amundsen [+], 22 July [+]).

Budgeted at €6.5 million, the feature was recently sold to Canada (Mongrel Media), Japan (Inter Film), South Korea (AtNine), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Hong Kong (Sundream Motion Pictures), Poland (Hagi Film), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Foxx Media Group), as well as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan (Impact Films). These deals add up the previous agreement sealed for the UK (Elysian Film Group), the DACH region (Koch Films), France (Mediawan), the Benelux (Just Licensing), Italy (Minerva Pictures Group), Spain (Mediaset Espana), Russia and the Baltic republics (VLG.FILM) and Latin America (California Filmes).

The North Sea is being produced by Martin SundlandCatrin Gundersen and Therese Bøhn for Fantefilm. The domestic theatrical release is set for 29 October.

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Film info

Film title

The North Sea


John Andreas Andersen




Approx 100 min.