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PIONEER

by Erik Skjoldbjærg

synopsis

This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

international title: Pioneer
original title: Pionér
country: Norway, France, Germany, Sweden
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg
film run: 106'
release date: NO 30/08/2013, FI 04/10/2014, IS 13/10/2013, GB 11/04/2014, IE 11/04/2014, HU 17/04/2014, NL 12/06/2014
screenplay: Nikolaj Frobenius, Hans Gunnarsson, Cathinka Nicolaysen, Erik Skjoldbjærg, Kathrine Valen
cast: Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Aksel Hennie, Jonathan LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, David A. Jørgensen, Endre Hellestveit, Jerker Fahlström
cinematography by: Jallo Faber
film editing: Frida Eggum Michaelsen
art director: Karl Júlíusson
costumes designer: Anne Pedersen
producer: Christian Fredrik Martin
co-producer: Jessica Ask, Raimond Goebel, Marko Röhr, Antoine Simkine, Mimmi Spång
production: Friland, Les Films d'Antoine, Pandora Filmproduktion, Garagefilm International AB
backing: Eurimages, CNC, Arte Cinéma, Finnish Film Foundation
distributor: Nordisk Film Distribusjon AS, Arrow Film Distributors, Lumière, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.

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main awards/selection

Norwegian International Film Festival 2013 
Toronto International Film Festival 2013 
Helsinki International Film Festival 2013 
Hamburg Film Festival 2013 
London Film Festival 2013 
Chicago International Film Festival 2013 
Les Arcs International Film Festival 2013 
Glasgow Film Festival 2014 
Belgrade Film Festival 2014 
CPH PIX 2014 
Montclair Film Festival 2014 
San Francisco International Film Festival 2014 
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