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.
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.