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Congo prisoner’s body back in Norway

The body of the Norwegian prisoner found dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month has been returned home to Norway, Dagbladet has reported.

Congo prisoner's body back in Norway
Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland at their appeal case in 2010 - Heiko Junge Scanpix
The coffin was delivered to his parents' home in Vegårshei, south of Oslo. 

 
Tjostolv Moland, a former soldier, was found dead in his cell on  August 18 after spending four years in a Congo jail for allegedly murdering his Congolese driver.  
 
Moland's cellmate Joshua French, who was also found guilty of the murder, remains in prison in the Congo.
 

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MOLAND

Director to make ‘truly successful’ Viking film

The Norwegian film director Hans Petter Moland has pledged to make the first "truly successful" Viking movie, based on The Long Ships, the classic 1940s novel by Frans G Bengtsson.

Director to make 'truly successful' Viking film
Sydney Poitier in The Long Ships 'Disaster'. Photo: Screen grab from film
Moland, who is in France for the Cannes film festival, told Aftenposten newspaper that the 1964 British-Yugoslav production of the story, The Long Ships, had been "a disaster". 
 
"The genius of Bengtsson's text is that it contains a solid political and social analysis of the time the Vikings lived in," Moland said. "We want to get under the skin of the people, both the Vikings and in the country's they travel to." 
 
Peter Albæk Jensen, the legendary producer with Zentropa, the Danish film company said that the planned Viking film would be special.  
 
"Can you name a single truly successful movie about Vikings?" he asked. "No, it is mostly gibberish and nonsense which has been made on this subject. It is time we rectify this," he said. 
 
The film will feature Moland's friend and longstanding collaborator Stellan Skarsgård. 
 
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