Variety: Magnolia Pictures Buys Naval Thriller ‘Arctic Convoy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By Variety / Brent Lang



Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to “Arctic Convoy,” a Norwegian naval thriller that is set in the middle of World War II. The film is from the producers of “The Wave” trilogy, so it’s a homecoming of sorts given that Magnolia released all three installments of that series.

“Arctic Convoy” is directed by Henrik M. Dahlsbakken and written by Christian Sibenherz, Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Lars Gudmestad. Magnolia is planning a 2024 release for the picture.

The film unfolds in 1942, as the leader of a convoy carrying vital military supplies to a Norwegian outpost decides to proceed through treacherous, enemy-infested waters despite the recall of their military escort. Fighting for their lives against German air and naval forces, the 35 civilian merchant ships brave brutal Arctic seas to bring much-needed support to soldiers on the front lines. 

The film is produced by Martin Sundland, Catrin Gundersen and Thea Benedikte Karlsen for FanteFilm. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia co-CEO Dori Begley and SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden. TrustNordisk’ Managing Director Susan Wendt represented the filmmakers in the discussions with the indie label. 

Magnolia’s recent releases include Sundance documentary “Invisible Beauty,” a look at fashion pioneer Bethann Hardison; “Joan Baez: I Am a Noise,” a documentary about the folk singer and activist; and “Kokomo City,” D. Smith’s Sundance award-winning documentary about Black trans sex workers. Other films released during Magnolia’s 20-year history include the Oscar-nominated documentary “Collective,” back-to-back Cannes Palme d’Or winners and Oscar nominees “Shoplifters” and “The Square” and the Oscar-nominated “RBG,” a look at the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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