Konvoi

  • 105'
  • Norway
  • 2023
A war film with a difference. In 1942, Germany invaded the Soviet Union, and the Allies were given the responsibility of shipping arms to aid the struggle. This "arctic convoy" of vessels is not itself equipped for battle, but an escort protects them from air attack. Suddenly there is an order to disperse. A lone Norwegian ship decides, at enormous risk, to keep on with its mission. Is it sheer, suicidal folly?

Konvoi could be compared with William Friedkin’s recent version of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023), but it’s told from an entirely different perspective. The central command on board the ship is questioned, leading to an elaborate game of wits and wills. Diverse personalities and temperaments – young, old, naïve, experienced, male, female – clash, and everyone’s function must be renegotiated.
 
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, whose Munch (2023) opened last year’s IFFR, chooses a daring structure for Konvoi: there’s only one scene of wartime action, but the film, wonderfully acted by an ensemble cast, maintains tension throughout by focusing on psychological interaction within the cramped space of the ship. This is classical cinema at its sturdiest – offering a look back at a very different geopolitical configuration than pertains today.
 
– Adrian Martin
  • 105'
  • Norway
  • 2023
Director
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Norway
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2024
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Arctic Convoy
Languages
Norwegian, Swedish
Producers
Martin Sundland, Catrin Gundersen, Thea Benedikte Karlsen
Production Company
Fantefilm
Sales
TrustNordisk
Screenplay
Christian Siebenherz, Lars Gudmestad, Harald Rosenløw Eeg
Cinematography
Oskar Dahlsbakken
Editor
Elise Solberg, Kalle Doniselli Gulbrandsen, Christian Siebenherz
Production Design
Pål Bergvik
Sound Design
Christian Schaanning
Music
Johannes Ringen
Director
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Norway
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2024
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Arctic Convoy
Languages
Norwegian, Swedish
Producers
Martin Sundland, Catrin Gundersen, Thea Benedikte Karlsen
Production Company
Fantefilm
Sales
TrustNordisk
Screenplay
Christian Siebenherz, Lars Gudmestad, Harald Rosenløw Eeg
Cinematography
Oskar Dahlsbakken
Editor
Elise Solberg, Kalle Doniselli Gulbrandsen, Christian Siebenherz
Production Design
Pål Bergvik
Sound Design
Christian Schaanning
Music
Johannes Ringen