In 1984, a high-ranking Norwegian diplomat named Arne Treholt was arrested for handing over classified state secrets to the KGB. It quickly became the most notorious scandal in Norway’s history, and destroyed Treholt’s reputation as a great patriot. In 2010, Arne Treholt returned to the headlines, this time on screen, when writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling introduced NORWEGIAN NINJA, a psychedelic-martial arts-Euro-crime story featuring Treholt as the head of a secret force of modern “shadow warriors” entrusted by King Olav to protect Norway.
After causing a stir in Cannes 2010, the film was an official selection at Sitges 2010 and awarded Best Actor and Best Director at Fantastic Fest 2010. Touted as a cult-classic in the making, Wall Street Journal describes it as “Hilarious and menacing, absurd and insightful—an accomplished work of genre filmmaking that authoritatively upends the cold-war spy thriller.”