Petter J. Borgli
(from the novel by Jon Michelet):
At a time when Norwegian films had a reputation for struggling to break even, let
alone go into profit, and when crime and action films were completely absent from
the scene, Norwegian studio Filmeffekt gambled (and unconditionally so) and
converted Jon Michelet’s renowned book about the political power
struggle over the Svalbard archipelago and the surrounding Barents Sea.
As directed by Ola Solum, Orions belte is one of the tightest, most
thrilling movies in the history of Norwegian film. The film owes a lot of its structure and
form to classic genre thinking, but the foundation provided by Jon
Michelet's extremely insightful and poignant novel elevates it and makes
this one of the richest films of the period.
of the date of this review, Russia is once more rearming in the area,
revitalizing the relevance of Orions belte. With the added impact
of the global warming that threatens to make the entire Arctic ice-free
in under 40 years, these areas are more interesting than ever.
Michelet's story is one of warning, and British screenwriter Richard
Harris captures the duality and complexity of the situation while
sketching out a high-octane thriller in the process. Bergen actor Helge
Jordal received the Amanda for his industrious lead.