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War Sailor

OT: Krigsseileren

Gunnar Vikene // Norway, Germany, Malta, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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Based on a true story, this gripping war story tells of a desperate fight for survival by two civilian seamen. Alfred Garnes and his childhood friend Wally are working on a merchant navy ship in mid-Atlantic when WWII breaks out. As unarmed civilians, they suddenly find themselves caught in between the fronts and could now be attacked at any time by a German U-boat. At the same time, Alfred’s wife Cecilia and three children are struggling to survive in Bergen. The RAF try to bombard the U-boat bunkers, but hit a primary school and private houses instead, resulting in hundreds of deaths. When the news reaches Alfred and Wally, they ask themselves if there will be anything left to go home to.


GUNNAR VIKENE (*1966) is a Norwegian director and screenplay writer. In Germany, he is particularly known for his IKEA comedy Kill Billy (2016).




Fiction Feature

Norwegian, English, German


Norway, Germany, Malta


150 min

OV with German subtitles

Gunnar Vikene

Gunnar Vikene

Kristoffer Joner, Pål Sverre Hagen, Ine Marie Wilmann, Henrikke Lund Olsen

Maria Ekerhovd, Karsten Stöter

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Jörg Theil

Tamo Kunz

Stefanie Bieker

Christian Granderath (NDR)

DCM Film Distribution GmbH

Beta Cinema

Mer Film

Rohfilm Factory; Studio Hamburg; Falkun Films


Rohfilm Factory, Karsten Stöter: karsten@rohfilmfactory.de


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