Upstanding community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgaard) has just won an award for "Citizen of the Year" when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, uncovering connections between the death and an ongoing turf dispute between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as "The Count." Soon Nils’ relatively modest quest for vengeance puts him at the center of an escalating underworld gang war.
With a pitch-black sense of humor and a snowballing body count, director Hans Petter Moland depicts Nils’ righteous vengeance spiraling out of control with style, humor, and surprise, delivering an entertaining and intelligent action-thriller set in the dead of frozen Norwegian winter.
Length: 118 minutes
Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish
Premiere: North American
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Producer: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae
Editor: Jens Christian Fodstad
Cinematographer: Philip Ogaard
Composer: Kaspar Kaae, Kare Vestrheim, Brian Batz
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Jakob Oftebro, Birgitte Hjort Sørenson
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland made his debut as a feature film director in 1993 with the WWII-drama, The Last Lieutenant. His next film, Zero Kelvin (1995), garnered him the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Picture, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. He has continued to direct award-winning feature films with international acclaim ever since.