Pioneer (Pionér)

Pioneer (Norwegian title: Pioner) takes us back to the start of the Norwegian oil adventure. Professional diver Petter is obsessed about reaching the bottom of the North Sea. Along with his brother Knut, he has the discipline, strength and daring necessary for the world's most dangerous mission. A test dive to below 500 meters is compared to Norway's moon landing, to convince skeptics that laying a pipeline to the mainland is possible. Then a tragic accident changes everything. The closer Petter comes to the truth, the more it dawns on him that his own life is in danger ...

Production and distribution

Production Year
2013
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2013-08-30
Release date (international)
2013-08-15
Production Company
Friland Produksjon AS
Torggt. 33
N-0183 Oslo
Executive Producer
Asle Vatn
Producer
Christian Fredrik Martin
Line Producer
Petter J. Borgli
Festival Contact
NFI Features
International sales
TrustNordisk ApS

Crew

Director
Erik Skjoldbjærg
Manuskript
Hans Gunnarsson
Kathrine Valen Zeimer
Cathinka Nicolaysen
Nikolaj Frobenius
Erik Skjoldbjærg
D.O.P.
Jallo Faber
Camera
Carl Rasmussen
Editor
Frida Eggum Michaelsen
Production Designer
Karl Juliusson
Set Designer
Louise Drake
Prop Master
Anders Lunde
Costume Designer
Anne Pedersen
Make-up Artist
Linda Boije af Gennäs
Sound Designer
Frederic Le Louet
Sound Recording
Ad Stoop
VFX Supervisor
Manfred Buttner
First Assistant Director
David Reiss-Andersen
Stills Photographer
Erik Aavatsmark

Technical information

Sjanger
Thriller
Format
DCP 2k
Length in min's
100'
Language
Norwegian
English
Subtitles
English

Director

Erik Skjoldbjærg

Erik Skjoldbjærg

ERIK SKJOLDBJÆRG (born 1964) is a Norwegian director and writer. He graduated from the National Film and Television School in London in 1997 and made his feature film debut with ‘Insomnia’ in 1997, which he also co-wrote. The film attracted substantial international attention and was selected for the “Semaine de la Critique” at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. The film was remade in 2002, with Christopher Nolan directing.

Erik made his international debut with the drama ‘Prozac Nation’ in 2001, and has since directed several feature films and TV-dramas with both national and international success. His latest film ‘Pioneer’ (2013), was selected by Toronto International Film Festival and presold to amongst others UK, US and Japan. Erik has also co-created and directed the 10 part drama-series, ”Occupied”, aired in US and most European countries this year. He will be shooting the second season of Occupied in the autumn of 2016.

Cast

Petter
Aksel Hennie
Mike
Wes Bentley
Maria
Stephanie Sigman
Ferris
Stephen Lang
Knut
Andreas Eriksen
Ronald
Jonathan Lapaglia
Pia
Ane Dahl Torp
Leif
Jørgen Langhelle
Jeger
Erik Stubø
Jørgen
David A. Jørgensen
Trond
Endre Hellestveit
Trude
Janne Heltberg

Visning på festivaler

2013
The Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund
2013
Toronto International Film Festival
2013
Filmfest Hamburg
2013
BFI London Film Festival
2013
Chicago International Film Festival
2013
EuroCinema Hawaii
2013
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2013
Les Arcs European Film Festival
2014
Göteborg International Film Festival
2014
Norwegian Film Week, Moscow
2014
CPH:PIX
2014
Istanbul Film Festival
2014
Valhalla - Nordic House on Færøyene
2014
International Filmfest Emden-Norderney
2014
Transilvania International Film Festival
2014
Scandinavian Film Festival, Australia
2014
Alexandria Film Festival
2014
Arras International Film Festival
2015
Recontres du Cinema Europeen - Cinema Scandinave
2015
European Union Film Festival, Singapore

Prizes

2013
Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Hugo - Best Cinematography