SonjaSonja – The White Swan

Specials, Norway / Ireland / Denmark / Sweden 2018, 114 Min., norw., engl. OV, engl. st

After winning her third Olympic gold medal, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936, Sonja Henie, then 24, sought a career in Hollywood. With the help of her father and her brother Leif, she gets lead roles from the start from producer Darryl Zanuck. A savvy businesswoman, she insists on control of the big ice skating numbers in her films, and chooses her own lovers with equal determination. But the radiant party girl has a dark side. She is greedy, self-indulgent, and manipulative with her assistant Connie. When she falls out with her brother, and loses control of her drinking, she makes a series of disastrous business decisions … Director Anne Sewitsky is less interested in absolute historical accuracy and more in presenting the Norwegian ice princess as a tough businesswoman – an icon of modernism, with a pop and rock soundtrack that drives her, and the narrative forwards.

Director Anne Sewitsky

Screenplay Mette Marit Bølstad, Andreas Markusson

Producer Cornelia Boysen, Synnøve Hørsdal

Production Company Maipo Film AS, Mail:, Web:

World Sales TrustNordisk ApS, Mail:, Web:

Festival Contact Norwegian Film Institute, Mail:, Web:

Cast Ine Marie Wilmann (Sonja Henie), Valene Kane (Connie), Eldar Skar (Leif Hennie), Anders Mordal (Wilhelm Henie), Anneke von der Lippe (Selma Henie), Malcolm Adams (Arthur Wirtz), Pål Sverre Hagen (Niels Onstad)


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