The Wave, directed by Roar Uthaug, is set in the picturesque Geiranger fjord, a Unesco world heritage site and major tourist destination where more than 300,000 cruise ship passengers visit each year.
In the film, the village of Geiranger is hit by an 85-meter high tidal wave caused by part of a mountain crashing into the fjord.
Kristian, a geologist played by the actor Kristoffer Joner, races against time to save the villagers, tourists, and his own family, before before the tsunami hits the village.
Based on a 1934 real-life tsunami in Norway’s Tafjord, which left 40 people dead, the film has upset many locals, as geologists say a similar disaster is more than likely to happen in real life again.
Magnolia Pictures, a specialist in foreign and independent films, has distributed several of the most successful Norwegian films in the US, including Headhunter, Trollhunters, Ragnarok, Pioneer and Happy Happy.
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The Wave is an incredibly accomplished action spectacular with phenomenal special effects,” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles told Variety Magazine. “But it’s also beautiful filmmaking with multi-dimensional characters and terrific acting.”
Magnolia plans to release the film in the US early next year.