(aka In order of Disappearance)


director.gif (905 bytes)Hans Peter Moland


Stellan Skarsgård
Bruno Ganz
Pål Sverre Hagen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen


Berlin International Film Festival
February 10, 2014


Nils lives in Beitostølen, is married to Gudrun and has a son named Ingvar, who has just begun studying at BI in Oslo. He is a happy man at 45 years old, a snow plow driver, responsible for keeping the county road over Valdresflya free of snow. He has recently been selected Citizen of the Year in Beitostolen and is looking forward to retirement and grandchildren and living a carefree life until the day he receives a phone call that his son has died of an overdose. Grief over the loss of his son turns into darkness and revenge, and suddenly Nils is in the middle of a drug war in which the Count and his men are fighting against Serbian mafia. The beautiful and peaceful winter paradise of Beitostølen is transformed into a fiery war zone. Will Nils be ready to clear out of the mess he has gotten tangled in? Will the Citizen of the Year in Beitostølen ever plow the road over the mountains again?"

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES:

2/2/13: "Kraftidioten" (The Prize Idiot), is being financed by the European co-production fund Eurimages and by grants from the NFI. Producers are Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum. The budget is around 30 million kroners. Filming has begun in Beitostølen, a small mountain village in Øystre Slidre, Norway. It is largely a tourist area with cabins and hotels, offering lift skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. The story was developed by Moland, Find Gjerdrum and Danish author Kim Fupz Aakeson, who also wrote the script for "A Somewhat Gentle Man". The film, Moland's second venture with Paradox Films, is expected to be released in February 2014. Marketing manager Jan Petter Dickman is optimistic about its success. He says, "We think this is a film that will do well in Norway among both young people and adults. Eventually it will be featured abroad, in particular, in the German and Danish markets." He hopes the huge snowy landscapes will emerge as exotic to most of the world, and that the film may prove popular far beyond Norway's borders.

5/28/13: UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all rights to Hans Petter Moland's action-comedy "Kraftidioten". The film was sold during the Marché du Film in Cannes, where presales were launched for the first time. The deal was negotiated between Metrodrome's Head of Acqusitions Giles Edwards and TrustNordisk's Head of Sales Susan Wendt. Edwards told the press, "Hans Petter Moland's follow-up to 'A Somewhat Gentle Man' is a stunning, surprising and effortlessly rewarding addition to the thriving Scandinavian crime genre." The film has additionally been sold to Continental Film (Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia), Film Europe (Czech, Slovakia) and Atnine (South Korea) and even before presales started distributor Neue Visionen snatched all rights for Germany and Austria.



button_box.gif (205 bytes)REVIEWS:

"The film's knockout power is due in no small part to the contributions of cinematographer Philip Øgaard and leading man Stellan Skarsgård.   Skarsgård dominates the screen with his 6-foot, 4-inch frame, his outsize rage and grief, and the gigantic snowplow truck he drives.  ...Tirdad Derakhshani,

"The quiet dignity and soulfulness that radiates from his [Skarsgård's] craggily handsome features is echoed by the film’s majestic snowbound imagery (courtesy of the cinematographer Philip Ogaard) and its gorgeously keening guitar-based score. But the beauty never feels distracting or devoid of purpose. Rooted though his vendetta may be in the deepest kind of personal tragedy, Nils ultimately has a job to do, and like the film he’s in, he does it with bracing professionalism and skill."  ...Justin Chang, LA Times

 "A terrifically smart and funny Norwegian thriller starring Stellan Skarsgård and Bruno Ganz, 'Kraftidioten' (In Order of Disappearance) has great appeal across borders."  ...Tom Christie, Indie Wire

"If Skarsgård maintains a straight face throughout, Moland doesn’t. He spatters the film with lines that might just have come from the Coen brothers, and spectacular deaths Tarantino would admire. The law of diminishing returns applies before the end of the film, but 'In Order of Disappearance', like all of Moland’s films, entertains with an edge that makes it stand out from the crowd, especially in a somewhat solemn Berlin."   ...Derek Malcolm, London Evening Standard

"A delightfully droll tale of bloody revenge, Hans Petter Moland’s dark and funny 'In Order Of Disappearance' (Kraftidioten) may well fit loosely into the much-hyped Nordic Noir bracket, but thanks to a series of nicely oddball performances and a plethora of killings it could even fall into Coen Brothers or Tarantino territory... While Stellan Skarsgård plays his role admirably straight - which suits his quiet, straight, persona perfectly - around him there is a lot of dark fun to he had. Whether it is the gay relationship between two of the Counts mobsters; the two local policemen who can’t stand the sight of blood; the Count at his juicer making drinks for his gang, or the Serbian mobsters frolicking like children in the snow, dark humour permeates this playfully droll crime film."   ...Mark Adams, Screen Daily

"With Skarsgård on the rampage with all the hard-hitting rage to rival 'Taken‘s' Liam Neeson and with the Serbian drug rivals drawn into gang warfare and retribution, 'In Order Of Disappearance' (Kraftidioten) ends in something approaching a Mexican stand-off with the corpses chalking up astronomically. Its plot might not be new, but its a dark black comedy with Norwegian wit, and a great cast that brings this nouveau riche criminal elite coruscatingly to life."  ...Mark Wilshin, Dog and Wolf

"Skarsgård's deadpan expression underscores the impression that Nils can’t entirely believe it himself. The contrast between his blunt maneuverings and quiet demeanor are the movie’s chief appeal. Aided by the expansive snowy landscape, and the irony of Nils moving slowly through its icy roads in his creaky plow, 'In Order of Disappearance' strikes a distinctly Scandinavian tone."   ...Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

"A man avenging his son’s death has the potential to make for compelling cinematic territory, and when you throw someone with the credentials of Skarsgård in to the mix, it helps infinitely. Here’s now hoping he works on a spin-off with Moland called the ‘Plow-Man’, or at the very least, introduce him into the next Avengers endeavour, because this is Skarsgård seriously being bad-ass, and we can’t get enough of it."  ...Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys

"A true blue dark comedy that isn't so concerned with its darkness that it forgets to be laugh-out-loud silly at times too, 'In Order of Disappearance' is a bitter, bloody treat for the black of heart... Skarsgård has impressed us with just how much character he can imbue into his underplaying."  ...Jessica Kiang, Indie Wire

"It is not the gangsters who are interesting in this film, it is Skarsgård's transformation. As long as we follow him, we are in safe hands. He knows how to hold on our attention - with small means... There are brilliant performances in the challenging physical and verbal comedy of the very dark variety."  ...Kjetil Lismoen, Aftenposten, no

"Skarsgård brings true quality to the film, and, with the help of other prolific actors, takes it to another level of brilliance. Even rather brief appearances leave a lasting impression – Bruno Ganz’s Papa barely says a word but is a showstopper, and a crew of Serbian stars as his wolfpack are already one of the best supporting ensembles of the year. But the most spectacular character of the film is the snow. Its overbearing white presence creates a suggestive background for all the dark matter going on. No other color makes bloody red pop that much."   ...Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine

"'In Order of Disappearance' provides a wonderful vehicle for Stellan Skarsgård's stone-faced gravitas and calm intelligence...  The wit of the screenplay and the actors’ characterizations ensure that it's highly entertaining, giving the film a distinctive personality... Running through the script are some very funny exchanges – among cops, Norwegian drug thugs, Serbians, regular townsfolk – that poke wry fun at the insular nature of life in the snowy sticks, attitudes toward foreigners, and the virtues of the Scandinavian welfare state. ...David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Slick, clever and powered by the conviction that sooner or later justice will be served, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s darkly comedic picture could certainly pass for a Hollywood studio release in all technical respects."  ...Peter Debruge, Variety

"The laughter is of the graveyard variety, riffing on absolutely delicious black humour that tackles every subject under this snowy sun; it gets even funnier (and bloodier) when a rival Serbian drugs gang enters the fray, led by the great Bruno Ganz as the clan’s aged crime godfather."  ...Tom Birchenough, The Arts Desk