General · 4th October 2010
Rousing widescreen historical epic Max Manus celebrates the deeds of one of Norway's most daring WWII-era resistance fighters. The most expensive Norwegian production ever, it rocketed to No. 1 on home turf, registering more than 1 million admissions in six weeks. With scenes set in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the U.K., this exciting blockbuster deserves art house berths abroad; and festival successes are a given.
Manus (1915-96) is a man with no formal education who led a life of derring-do that seems tailor-made for the movies. Surprising, this complicated man and historical hero has never been the subject of a fiction feature before.
Max Manus is a smart film about the resistance. It acknowledges that radical actions are most often taken by those with the least to lose. The strength of its passion and storytelling have helped make Max Manus Norway’s biggest domestic hit in more than a decade. On these shores, the film is destined to be acclaimed for the vigour of its characters and the visceral impact of its narrative.
Friday October 8, 7:45 Quadra Community Centre