Markus and Diana (Markus og Diana)

Young Markus (13) is afraid of almost everything, but very brave when it comes to writing letters to celebrities. His mutually rewarding correspondence with Norwegian-born Hollywood soap star Diana Mortensen becomes a nightmare when she announces her arrival in her homeland, intent on a rendez-vous with her knight of the pen. The snag is that Markus in his letters has been posing as a mountaineer and millionaire. They are both in for a surprise...

Production and distribution

Production Year
1996
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
1996-03-01
Production Company
Northern Lights AS
Producer
Hilde Berg
Axel Helgeland
Co-production Company
NRK
International sales
Swedish Film Institute

Crew

Director
Svein Scharffenberg
Screenplay
Klaus Hagerud
Based on
Klaus Hagerup's novel Markus og Diana by
DoP
Svein Krøvel

Technical information

Genre
Youth
Comedy
Children
Format
35mm
Screen ratio
1:1,66
Colour
Colour
Sound format
Dolby SR

Director

Svein Scharffenberg

Svein Scharffenberg (b. 1939) is a graduate of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Oslo, and has worked as an actor and director in Norwegian film, television and theater since his stage debut in 1968. After three years of acting at The National Theatre he formed a group of independent actors and founded what was to be Norways first regional theater, Hålogaland Theatre, in 1971. After this, a period followed where he worked as a freelance-actor and director at several national theatres around the country. He's directed numerous stage plays over the years, and made his debut as a television director in 1981. Of his efforts as film and television director, his most notable works are perhaps his work on the mini-series Vestavind (1994) and the feature film Markus and Diana (1996). As an actor Scharffenberg has played numerous parts in various different Norwegian feature films since the seventies, and has presented the Norwegian film audiences with many memorable characters, including harrowing performances such as the killer Alex in the crime thriller Bortreist på ubestemt tid (1974), and the chief Tchude (the band of villains) in the Academy Award nominated Pathfinder (1987).

Cast

Ikke oppgitt
Robert Reierskog
Ikke oppgitt
Laila Goody
Ikke oppgitt
Klaus Hagerup
Ikke oppgitt
Herman Bernhoft

Festivals

1996
Lucas International Children's Film Festival
1996
Aspen Filmfest
1996
Cinekid
1996
Vienna International Children's Film Festival
1996
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
1996
Junior Dublin Film Festival
1996
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
1996
Sousse International Film Festival For Youth an Childhood, Tunisia
1997
Göteborg International Film Festival
1997
Festival International De Cinema Jeune Public De Laon
1997
The Children and Youth Film Festival, Malmö
1997
Poznan International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
1997
Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth