German businessman Carsten Neuer travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck tour guide, to drive him to the poet’s home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten’s wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.
Tarjei Vesaas is generally considered to be one of Norway's greatest writers and perhaps its most important since WWII. Lichtbogen has obtained the rights to use Vesaas’ work in the film from his estate and from his publishers, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AG.
The cast includes Andreas Lust (from the Golden Bear-nominated film Der Räuber and the Oscar-nominated film Revanche), Anni-Kristiina Juuso (from the Prize FIPRESCI and Nika award-winning film The Cuckoo), and Mikkel Gaup (from Tregenza’s Inside/Out and the Oscar-nominated films Pathfinder and Breaking The Waves); the film was shot in Norway during the summer of 2015 and is currently in post-production.
During the second World War, Annelise, a beautiful young woman from Oslo with an aristocratic but tarnished past, is released from prison by the Quisling regime to spy, as a common house servant, on Norwegian citizens. She's assigned to both serve and monitor a Lutheran priest recently located to a coastal village, who is suspected of assisting the resistance. She reports to a brutal Nazi officer who will stop at nothing to gain information and power over them. Hoping for a better life, Annelise must navigate between the political and moral ambiguity of her new situation in order to survive, ultimately having to choose between helping the authorities or seeking her own freedom.