Three children facing the epic powers of Arctic wilderness, whose existence is threatened by blizzards and polar bears. A thrilling story about survival on a deserted island.
13-year-old Julia and her twin siblings, 8-year-old Sindre and Ida, born to military parents, have moved to a small town. It’s hard to adjust to a new environment and when Sindre gets into a school fight, the twins run away to the nearest army airbase. Desperate to reach their father, who is working in Southern Norway, they secretly jump aboard a helicopter flying in his direction. Unfortunately, the helicopter changes its route and soon they find themselves lost and alone on a deserted island. They have to conquer fear and dangerous situations: wild animals, raging weather and lack of food. But they are quickly learning something all children love: How to master challenges.
“I took my team to Svalbard which is pretty far north. You go with snowmobile for 5, 6, hours way out from the only habitated area up there. /.../ I really wanted to show the Arctic for real, not pretend. /.../ Not only kids but the adults also were really fascinated by my bringing real nature into a film like that. The images are quite spectacular.” (Grethe Bøe-Waal)
Born in 1971 in Norway, Bøe-Waal graduated in philosophy and directing from the Ithaca College New York. Currently running her own production house, she worked profusely in theatre and had an acting career. A director of several shorts and TV series, Bøe-Waal's debut feature, Titanics ti liv, received a number of awards at various international children’s film festivals. Operation Arctic is her second feature film.
2007 Titanics ti liv
2014 Operasjon Arktis (Operation Arctic)