Claustrophobic opening of The Norwegian Film Festival

7. July 2020

Action thriller Breaking Surface has the honor of opening the 48th Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund Saturday August 15th. Norwegian actress Trine Wiggen plays the most central supporting character and will walk the red carpet with director Joachim Hedén. The main characters are played by the young Swedish shooting stars Moa Gammel and Madeleine Martin.

«What could be more fitting than to have an opening film from Lofoten! “Breaking Surface” takes us to the dramatic northern landscape, with a tight and exciting diver-thriller, and with two very crafty women protagonist who in each their way have been shaped by their crass mother – perfectly portrayed by Trine Wiggen. It’s particularly fun that the film is a true-born child of the festival, one that we have been following for years, and we finally have the honor of showing to the audience», festival director Tonje Hardersen says.

Shot in Narvik and Lofoten
The Film Festival in Haugesund has followed the production of Breaking Surface for many years. It is Joachim Hedén’s fourth feature, and the first one shot in Norway. Narvik and Lofoten makes sure the film has spectacular scenery, in an exciting drama which is both character driven and nerve-wrecking.

«It’s such a joy to bring “Breaking Surface” to Haugesund, and to do it as the opening film of the festival is of course a huge extra cherry on the top! Haugesund is one of the best experiences that you can have as a filmmaker — compact, intimate, but with a very international eye and always filled with exciting meetings with colleagues from all around the world. Breaking Surface was presented 3 years ago in the Haugesund New Nordic Films co-production market, and last year as a “work in progress”. To now share the finished film with the audience in Haugesund and Norway is therefore extra thrilling, and in many ways fitting. The fantastic landscapes that Norway offer as a shooting location is such an important element in the visual expression of the film, to the point of becoming it’s own character in the film, and I hope the audience will enjoy our vision of the beautiful but dangerous Norway», says director Hedén. 

Impressive under water
The film tells the story of Swedish/Norwegian half-sisters Tuva and Ida are winter-diving along a remote part of the Norwegian coast line. By the end of the dive, Tuva is trapped 100 feet below the surface by a rockslide, which also buries their equipment on land, their car and phones. They are cut off from the rest of the world. In a desperate fight to save her sister, Ida is pushed to her limits, and when everything seems to be lost, it turns out to be more than a fight for survival. The film offers beautiful scenery from nature, impressive underwater sequences and claustrophobic tension.

Watch the trailer here.

Breaking Surface is distributed by Fidalgo Films, and its regular theatrical release happens September 4th.

Contact persons:

Festival director Tonje Hardersen on cellphone: +47 928 30 559, e-mail:

Head of Fidalgo Frank Leo Stavik:

Information about The Norwegian Film Festival here.