Magnolia Home Entertainment : PIONEER [BLU-RAY/DVD]

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PIONEER is set in the early 80’s, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea, authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline 500 meters deep. Petter, a professional diver, is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. Along with his brother Knut, he has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who is pulling the strings. Gradually, he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

Another underwater film, yes... is this one better than the last one? YES! Look, feel, acting... you name it.  Erik Skjoldbjærg (1964) is a talented and well-respected Norwegian director and writer. After attending the National Film and Television School in London (1990-1994), Erik Skjoldbjærg got a lot of international attention with his feature directing debut “Insomnia” (1997), which he also co-wrote. The film was very well received, and sold to more than 20 countries worldwide. The American remake was directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams. Erik Skjoldbjærg was credited as screenwriter for the remake. In 2001, Skjoldbjærg left his native Norway for Hollywood, and directed the adaptation of the popular Elizabeth Wurtzel novel  “Prozac Nation”, starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche and Lou Reed. Erik has directed several television series, commercials and corporate promotion films in Norway as well as several award winning short films. His last film “Nokas” was released in October 2011, and became a box office hit in Norway (250 000 admissions.) Erik was awarded “Best Director” at the 2011 Amanda Film Award for this film, the highest honor for directing in Norway.
 
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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