After fighting the communists in Finland, Max Manus returns to Norway, currently occupied by the Nazis. He joins with the Norwegian resistance movement in their fight against the Germans but is arrested. He manages to escape to Scotland where he receives training before being sent back to Norway to carry out various sabotage missions against the occupational force.
Returning to Norway with his friend Gregers Gram, his first mission is an attack on German supply ships. He is spectacularly successful, and soon he becomes a special target for the Gestapo commander Siegfried Wolfgang Fehmer. Manus, however, avoids capture, and with Gram and Gunnar Sønsteby he forms the so-called “Oslo-group”.
Stockholm becomes a meeting point for Norwegians in allied military service. Here Gram introduces Manus to Tikken, who works as a Norwegian contact for the British consulate. The two soon develop a special relationship.
As the war becomes more and more brutal, many of Manus’ friends lose their lives in the struggle against the Germans, and he starts to blame himself for being the one who survives. In a meeting with Fehmer he realises that everybody is a victim of the meaninglessness of war. —IMDb
Growing up in the 1980s in Sandefjord, a small town south of Oslo, Norway, Joachim Roenning and his childhood friend Espen Sandberg spent their free time making short films with Joachim’s dad’s 30 pounds home video camera – one of few burdens for being the first of the video generation.
In 1992 they both attended Stockholm Film School in Sweden, and graduated in 1994. Later that year they served their mandatory time in the military making “propaganda” films for the Royal Norwegian Army.
In 1995 they founded their own company. They called it Roenberg – their last names put together.
Early in 1996 they began directing commercials and music videos professionally in Oslo. Their extensive and award winning work in commercials in Scandinavia led to major international commissions such as ads for Airbus, Nintendo, Coca Cola, GE and Nokia.
Roenning and Sandberg (alias Roenberg) established themselves in the American market with their spots for Capital One, Labatt… read more
Espen Sandberg (born 16 June 1971 in Sandefjord ) is a Norwegian film director and advertising producer who along with his partner, Joachim Rønning , in 2006 he created the French-produced western comedy, Bandidas in Mexico .
In Norway Rønning and Sandberg perhaps best known for directing the blockbuster movie “Max Manus” from 2008 with Aksel Hennie in the leading role. The duo has also directed Solo commercials Skihoppern and Super Bowl commercials for Budweiser from 2000 . Director duo are childhood friends and went together on film school in Stockholm from 1992 to 1994 . In 1993 they established the company Roenberg .
Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning is concerned with a new big movie about Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki expedition is expected to arrive in theaters in spring 2012. The development of this new film will be shown in an exhibition at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo