NordicStories

NordicStories is an independent producer of TV and Films focusing on culture, art, drama and documentaries.

Norlands Jeanne d´Arc


Liv Grannes from Mosjøen became Norway's highest decorated woman after World War II. But, both her achievements, and Stalin and Churchill's false flag operation in Helgeland, disappeared in the darkness of history. Liv kept her moral compass through near-impossible choices during a war filled with sacrifice, betrayal, fraud and tragedy. She was called a Jeanne D`Arc of the North by the British, whereas in Norway her history was never revealed - until now.

Tromsø Internasjonale Filmfestival 18th of January 2021 

Mosjøen 11th of February 2021

Weblink: https://livgrannesfilm.no

 

Director: Fredrik Horn Akselsen

Director of Photography: Viggo Knudsen

Producers: Gunhild Wærness and Rune Trondsen , NordicStories 2021

Rabalder


“Rabalder” (Norwegian working title) is a drama series with children, for children. The action takes place in a fictional village up in Northern Norway, where we will meet a group of friends with various conflicts related to growing up. 

“Rabalder” is about friendship, testing limits, growing up, learning to understand consequences of your choices, and sometimes going too far because you do not understand what could go wrong..  There is a lot of humor where things accidentally go wrong – and empathy between very different, but archetypal characters, give this series a big heart.And it’s all happening in an every day environment in a small village under the mountains -  at the edge of the big ocean..

The series of a total of 13 episodes of 15 minutes will have universal themes and be well suited for children also outside Norway. At the same time, we want to create something that could be difficult to visualize elsewhere than in Northern Norway. This means that the stories are culturally and geographically rooted here. The characters, nature and environment represent Northern Norway, with the unique nature it implies. Much of the action and characters originate from the author's own childhood at Melbu, a small place in Vesterålen.

The primary target audience of the series is children of 9 years. At the same time, it should work for children as young as 6 years old.

 

Lise Davidsen


Met Stars Live in Concert

After causing a sensation with her triumphant Met debut as Lisa in The Queen of Spades last season, soprano Lise Davidsen offers a program of the soaring arias and songs that have rocketed her to stardom around the world: selections from Wagner’s Tannhäser, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as well as Scandinavian songs by Sibelius and Grieg. Davidsen first came to fame in 2015 when she won several competitions, including the Queen Sonja Competition in her native Norway. For this momentous occasion, Davidsen returns to Oslo’s picturesque Oscarshall, where she performed following her victory.

NEP Norway.

Producers NordicStories: Zuzana Svobodova og Stein-Roger Bull

Live from Oscarshall, August 29th 2020

Nordic Association 100th Anniversary


Celebrating Foreningen Nordens 100th Anniversary.

Hosted by: Lise Fjeldstad og Christian Mikkelsen

Performers: Ghita Nørby, Elisabeth «Bettan» Andreassen, Alexx Alexxander, Solveig Kringlebotn, Reidun Pauline Aas, Emilie Hellum, Robert Stoltenberg, Páll Óskar, Bårdar, Kevin Haugan, Henriette Steenstrup, Mark Levengood, Gospelkoret HIM, Jon Henrik Fjällgren og Anita Hegerland.

Music Director: Øystein Lund Olafsen.

Director:Tom Sterri


TV-director: Kristian Løkken

Producer: Rune H. Trondsen, NordicStories 2019

Broadcasted: NRK 2019

Peer Gynt


Toralv Maurstad

70 years after Det Norske Teatret first staged Peer Gynt, Erik Ulfsby and his excellent team have developed a new version, with role of old Peer congenially filled by Toralv Maurstad.

The play´s original chronology has been broken up and fragments of Peer´s life reordered - all observed by an aged spirit who is on the threshold to the other side. Maurstad´s acting is "overwhelmingly great. her carries the role of Peer Gynt on his 92-year-old shoulders. This is pure theatrical magic."

Director: Erik Ulfsby


TV-director: Stein-Roger Bull

Producer: Rune Trondsen, NordicStories 2019

Broadcasted: NRK 2019

Crying Hands


Deaf people in Hitler´s Germany

The fates of the deaf in Nazi Germany has been a neglected topic in the story of the Holocaust. It is only recently that this almost unknown chapter of history has been the subject of documentation and research. – Director Bentein Baardson

Crying Hands is a documentary driven play about deaf and disabled people’s experience during WWII. It is based on interviews of Holocaust and civilian survivors. This is an original production by Teater Manu, an award-winning National Deaf Theater based in Oslo and has toured extensively across Norway and abroad.

Featuring four of Norway’s most dynamic actors. Ipek D. Mehlum, Ronny Patrick Jacobsen, Eitan Zuckermann and Kjersti Fjeldstad


Script and director: Bentein Baardson

TV director: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories 2019

Broadcasted NRK January 2019

https://tv.nrk.no/program/KMTE30000918/graatende-hender

Rockheim Hall of Fame 2018


Rockheim - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors persons who have influenced the development and spread of Norwegian popular music.

Artists and groups with extraordinary careers as well as others who have influenced the history of popular music in Norway can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. NordicStories produced this event  in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The program will be hosted by Jon Niklas Rønning. In 2018 Kari Bremnes, Morten Abel and Stage Dolls were inducted. The 2018 program was produced at Olavshallen in Trondheim.

Photo: Audun Hagen



Director: Kristian Løkken
Producer: Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2018

Broadcasted: NRK  2018

Rockheim Hall of Fame 2017


Rockheim - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors persons who have influenced the development and spread of Norwegian popular music.

Artists and groups with extraordinary careers as well as others who have influenced the history of popular music in Norway can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. NordicStories produced this event  in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The program will be hosted by Thomas Felberg. In 2017 Raga Rockers, Popol Ace og Dizzie Tunes were inducted. The 2017 program was produced at Olavshallen in Trondheim.

Photo: Geir Mogen



Director: Kristian Løkken
Producer: Zuzana Svobodova and Stein-Roger Bull, NordicStories AS 2017

Broadcasted: NRK, May  2017

TRIO – The hunt for the Holy Shrine


TRIO – The hunt for the Holy Shrine

HAD IT ALL - MUSICVIDEO | Naomi Lien | From TRIO - Jakten på Olavsskrinet - YouTube

 

For centuries people have searched for the legendary St Olav’s Shrine, to no avail. Now Trio are on its trail. The only problem is, ruthless treasure hunters are on their trail...

In this spectacular treasure hunt with the Legend of St Olav, Nidaros Cathedral and Norwegian scenery as a backdrop, both their friendship and Grandpa’s life are at risk. Will Trio be able to do the impossible, outwit the crooks and find the treasure?

For 200 years St. Olav’s leg bone was exhibited in St. Olav’s Cathedral in Oslo. There were marks carved into it. According to the legend the markings are the coordinates to a treasure map that leads to St. Olav’s Shrine, the largest Viking treasure in the world. The catch is, both leg bones are essential to find the shrine. There are rumours that the other leg bone is in the possession of “THE FAMILY”.

The leg bone in St. Olav’s Cathedral was stolen in 2005 and brought to the ruthless treasure hunter Albert Becke in Hamburg. He has set all his contacts to work to get hold of the other leg bone, and at long last they’re on its trail.

Fred Thorstad, the last descendant of «The Family» and keeper of the great secret, has the other leg bone in his possession. Fred finds out that somebody’s snooping in the “Family’s” history and around his home. He needs help and goes to see his old friend Rune Dalen, aka “Grandpa”. Grandpa shows quite clearly that he wants nothing to do with Fred. His grand daughter Nora (12) overhears their argument, and sees that Fred has a strange little box. She’s told in no uncertain terms by Grandpa to stay out of this.

When Fred leaves Grandpa, he seems in a hurry, but isn’t carrying the box. Nora follows him. She witnesses Fred being brutally assaulted and his car searched. Her sense of justice as well as her curiosity prevail weigh more than Grandpa’s warning.  Whilst Grandpa visits Fred at the Accident & Emergency to assure him that he’ll find his assailants, Nora opens the chest Fred brought to show Grandpa. It contains an old human bone. What’s this? And why does Grandpa have it?

Lars is true detective.  He examines the bone and thinks that it may be St. Olav’s leg bone, which according to legend is supposed to be the key to the largest Viking treasure in the world. The legend furthermore has it that the treasure is located off the coast of Agdenes, 700 metres deep in the Trondheim Fjord.

Lars realises that whoever is in possession of this leg bone could be in danger from ruthless treasure hunters.

Nora has to warn Grandpa, and at the same time she has to own up to having betrayed his trust. When the treasure hunters get close, Trio join forces with Grandpa. They realise that they have to find the treasure in order to bring Fred’s assailants to the fore. The only lead they have to St. Olav’s Shrine and “The Family” is Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. Grandpa and Trio are in no doubt – that’s where they have to star searching.

Nora and Simen have been together up to now. Nora splits up with him out of jealousy. Now they nevertheless have to cooperate.  Simen wants to prove to Nora that she can trust him. Lars gets help from Emma, his German girl friend,  to get on the trail of the man who’s pulling the strings. She tracks down Albert Becke, "The Ghost" - the treasure hunter who always gets away without a trace.

With Becke’s henchmen hot on their heels, Trio make a discovery in Nidaros Cathedral. Based on Fibonacci’s theories and a mysterious piece of music they find a map, which doesn’t lead them to Agdenes as the legend suggested, but to Fred’s home village; Vågan in Lofoten... When the treasure hunters try to abduct Trio, Grandpa gives himself up. He becomes Becke’s hostage.  Nora despairs – they have to save Grandpa! They go into action, but everything goes from bad to worse.

Nora feels that she can’t trust anyone. She doesn’t know what to believe in anymore. Friendships and trust are at stake. 

It all ends in a spectacular hunt for “The Family’s” well-guarded secret underneath the Vågakallen mountain in Lofoten.  Albert Becke tracks TRIO down, and attempts to ruthlessly intimidate them to hand St. Olav’s Shrine over, so he can keep it without telling the world of the discovery… Truth is at stake. 

Nora and her friends have to look deeply into themselves in order to find the real treasure.


The first two seasons about TRIO was aired by NRK Super last two winters, and was/is also aired in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Finland..

TRIO is like “The Bobbsey Twins” crossed with “CSI” – that is to say, an exciting crime series for children, where treasures must be found whilst daily life puzzles have to be solved.

At the heart of the action is the small mountain village Skjåk, where the outsiders Nora, Simen and Lars have sought each other’s company. Small and larger crime mysteries in their daily lives force them to become investigators. Lars’ relentless drive to search for hidden treasures leads the trio into the adult world where they face tough action of the kind children rarely encounter.

The writers of the series are Morten Hovland and Trond Morten Venaasen. They have a long experience as writers for both children and adults, and have been inspired to give children of today new references to relate to with TRIO – in the same way that they themselves grew up with The Hardy Boys and the Nancy Drew Mystery Series on their own book shelves. 

Rune H. Trondsen in NordicStories have produced magazines and dramas for children and adults for years. The two companies now cooperate closely to give TRIO the format and input that is required to elevate the series to an international standard.

The tv-series is a co-production with NRK Super, Nordvisjonen and NDR (Nord Deutsche Rundfunk) on behalf of KinderKanal in Germany.

 

International title: TRIO – The hunt for the Holy Shrine
Genre: Children, Action, Crime
Director: Eva Dahr
Producer: Rune Trondsen
Script writer: Trond Morten Venaasen og Morten Hovland
Other Main crew: DOP: Patrik Säfström, Production Design: Martin Gant, Line Producer: Jeanette Sundby

Cast: Naomi Lien Hasselberg, Bjørnar Lysfoss Hagesveen, Franziska Tørnquist, Henrik Hines Grape, Reidar Sørensen, Minh-Khai Phan Thi, Per Kjerstad, Bernt Bjørn, Ole Vidar Skogheim

Production Company: NordicStories AS
Distribution: Nordisk Film Distribution AS
Financing partners: NFI, Filminvest3, Filmfond Nord, KIKA/Nord Deutsche Rundfunk, Nordisk Film

 

Official release February 17th 2017 in Norway

Closed


This Café, wherever it is in the world, is closed every Monday.

There they meet – the meticulous owner Jo, the insecure artist Vaclav, the authoritarian craftsman Gerard and the security seeking sociologist Natasa. 
Maybe, this time is the last time. It used to go well with them, but thanks to many different events and incidents, it is not any more.  This particular Monday, Jo has even allowed a famous cellist Truls Mørk to come and play, as he is getting ready for his upcoming concert.

Dancers:    Vaclav Kunes, Natasa Novotna (420 People)

       Gerard van Dyck (KAGE)

       Jo Strømgren ( Jo Strømgren Kompani)

Choreographer:  Jo Strømgren

Director of Photography:    Hallvard Bræin

Director:     Stein-Roger Bull

Producer:   Zuzana Svobodova

 

Music:         Sonate op 8 av Zoltán Kodály

 

NordicStories AS 2017