Best new Norwegian Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Norwegian movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Bent Hamer, Eskil Vogt & Joachim Trier Norway's biggest directors?

Norway’s film industry might not be as internationally celebrated as Sweden’s and Denmark’s, but is just as interesting and flourishing. These are our favorite recent Norwegian movies.

Perhaps a small film industry, but rich as hell (oil etc.). And where there is money, there is usually leeway for making innovative and creative films. Norway produces over 30 features a year, and the recent best Norwegian films are essential must-watch films by any standard. Norway does suffer slightly from being mainly associated with Norwegian horror films and zombie films like Death Snow (2009) and Troll Hunter (2010), and with bigger budget drama films like Max Manus (2008), Headhunters (2011) and King of Devil’s Island (2011). But it are their independent films, art house films if you like, that stand out among European cinema. Reprise (2006) for example, represents the best of what Scandinavian cinema has to offer – stylish, clever, insightful and moving (not too mention a great soundtrack). Together with films like Kitchen Stories (2003) (displaying Norwegian dry humor), Norway has been a huge contribution to the Scandinavian cinema of the 00’s.

New Norwegian movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Going West

    DIRECTOR: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
    CAST: N/A

    'Going West' is a delightful road movie/comedy about a burned-out teacher who takes his eccentric transgender father on a trip to the Norwegian west coast. At first, they do not really get along, but as the voyage continues, father/mother and son slowly start to tolerate one another. Read more

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Best Norwegian movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Norwegian movies

  • What Will People Say

    DIRECTOR: Iram Haq
    CAST: Maria Mozhdah Adil Hussain Ekavali Khanna

    Similar in theme to 2017's rom com hit 'The Big Sick', 'What Will People Say' is a delicate film about a Pakistani girl torn apart between her traditional family life and her Norwegian friends. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 6th, 2017

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  • Thelma

    DIRECTOR: Joachim Trier
    CAST: Eili Harboe Okay Kaya Ellen Dorrit Petersen

    After his divisive American debut 'Louder than Bombs', the very talented helmer Joachim Trier returns to his native Norway to direct 'Thelma'. And a true return to form it is. 'Thelma' is movie that is very hard to pigeonhole. Drawing influences from Brian De Palma's best work, it tells the tale of a devout Christian girl who starts to discover her lesbian side once she enters college. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 27th, 2017

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Best Norwegian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Norwegian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • King of Devil’s Island

    DIRECTOR: Marius Holst
    CAST: Benjamin Helstad Trond Nilssen Stellan Skarsgård

    The story depicts brutal and inhumane conditions on an island prison in Norway; a new inmate leads all his companions into an uprising against the apathetic and cruel... Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 27th, 2017

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