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The 12th Man
Archived: The 12th Man - Den 12. mann (2017)

director: Harald Zwart

composer: Christophe Beck
With: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, a.o.

duration: 130 minutes
War, Drama

Official Selection - Global Cinema
Film Fest Gent - The 12th Man

"Above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, the dramatic story of the young resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud, unfolds. Jan is the only one, out of twelve resistance fighters, to escape the Germans, but the Gestapo is on his heels. Jan's moral fiber, incredible strength and his courageous countrymen keep him alive. But when he seeks refuge in a mountain cave and ends up being trapped by a blizzard for two weeks all hope seems lost. Nevertheless, Jan is recovered, weak, frostbitten and barely alive, but one question remains; will he make it to neutral Sweden before the Germans find him." (Trust Nordisk)

"A stirring retelling of Resistance hero Jan Baalsrud's epic cross-country flight in Nazi-occupied Norway. While much of 'The 12th Man' is naturally dominated by our protagonist's solo battle for survival, the film's emotional core is provided by his interactions with civilians who recurrently save his life." (Variety)

"The mountainous borderlands bring the threat of extremities lost to cold, the challenge of crossing streams when the touch of water might chill you for days. Sleds and sleighs become vehicles of guerrilla warfare; reindeer are fashioned into allies; daring escapes are made on skis." (The New York Times)  


director: Harald Zwart
composer: Christophe Beck
producer: Harald Zwart, Veslemøy Ruud Zwart
screenplay: Petter Skavlan
Editor: Jens Christian Fodstad
Cinematography: Geir Hartly Andreassen

production company: Nordisk Film A/S

More info

dialogue: English, Norwegian, German, Saami
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Norway
year: 2017


HARALD ZWART: Gabriel's Surprise (1990, short), Parents (1992, short), Gull og grønne skoger (1993, short), The Cabin (1996, short), Commander Hamilton (1998), A-ha: Velvet (2000, short), One Night at McCool's (2001), A-ha: Forever Not Yours (2002, short), Agent Cody Banks (2003), Long Flat Balls (2006), Long Flat Balls II (2008), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), The Karate Kid (2010), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), The 12th Man (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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