Thriller ø 2013 ø 111 mins ø LANGUAGE: Norwegian & English ø DIR: Erik Skjoldbjærg ø CAST: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Jonathan LaPaglia ø Norway
Technically quite an achievement and well-acted
Hollywood Reporter

The discovery of oil in the North Sea in the early 1980s set in motion a race against time and the elements to get this liquid gold to land. This historical event sets the scene for this twisting tale of life, death and conspiracy.

Professional deep-sea divers Petter (Aksel Hennie, Headhunters) and brother Knut, are determined to be the first Norwegians to walk the seabed and are selected to test the depths where an oil pipeline would be constructed. However, a tragic accident changes everything. What was to be their greatest adventure turns into Petter’s worst nightmare.

Determined to discover the truth, Petter’s questions are blocked at every turn and he quickly finds himself way out of his depth. In the world of international politics, big business and enormous potential profits, awkward questions are quickly dealt with. When those involved in the operation begin to disappear, Petter realises his life is in danger and that nobody can be trusted.

Director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia, Prozac Nation) has created a thrilling, claustrophobic conspiracy based on true events. With its emphasis on the inky blackness of the deep sea and confined spaces, Pioneer is suspenseful, edgy and full of tension.

(Not screening in Byron Bay)

Nominated - 2013 Hawaii IFF: Best Film
Official Selection - 2013 Toronto IFF ø 2013 London IFF
All non-English films screen with English subtitles.

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