The King's Choice

2016 | Norway | NR | 133 min.


Bay Theatre - Suttons Bay Thu, Jul 20, 2017 6:00 PM
Bay Theatre - Suttons Bay Thu, Jul 20, 2017 9:00 PM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Thu, Jul 27, 2017 6:00 PM
State Theatre Sat, Jul 29, 2017 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Original Title:Kongens nei
Release Year:2016
Runtime:133 min.
Production Country:Norway
Original Language:Danish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Erik Poppe
Produced by:Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B. Kvae
Screenwriter:Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Jan Trygve Røyneland
Cast:Jesper Christensen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Karl Markovics
Tuva Novotny


This celebrated and triumphant drama about a nation’s act of defiance explores the true but little known role Norway played during WWII. TCFF fave Erik Poppe’s (“Troubled Water,” TCFF 2009 Opening Night Film) intricately told story begins with Norway’s narrow victory over a German ship, one of the film’s stunning battle sequences. The win, however, is quickly proven futile by the overwhelming force of Hitler’s military. Taking place over three riveting days, the drama focuses on the Norwegian King’s internal conflict over a crucial choice that is forced upon him: stand against Nazi occupation in the face of a colossal invasion force, or surrender and avoid further loss of life. Although the King’s refusal to cede to Nazi demands is often overlooked in the history books, the King’s decision is regarded as a moment that defines Norway’s national character.

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