Orion's Belt (film)
Orion's Belt is a Norwegian feature film
Feature film
In the film industry, a feature film is a film production made for initial distribution in theaters and being the main attraction of the screening, rather than a short film screened before it; a full length movie...

 from 1985, directed by Ola Solum
Ola Solum
Ola Solum was a Norwegian film director. In 1983 he directed the documentary Camera Goes. He was known for directing the film...


The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jon Michelet
Jon Michelet
Jon Michelet is a Norwegian novelist.He was the editor-in-chief of the Norwegian far-left daily Klassekampen from 1997 to 2002...

 from 1977. The film is a classic thriller from the time of the Cold War
Cold War
The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension, proxy wars, and economic competition between the Communist World—primarily the Soviet Union and its satellite states and allies—and the powers of the Western world, primarily the United States...

, and deals with the events on Svalbard
Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic, constituting the northernmost part of Norway. It is located north of mainland Europe, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The group of islands range from 74° to 81° north latitude , and from 10° to 35° east longitude. Spitsbergen is the...

. It is regarded as one of the most powerful Norwegian films of the 1980s. In contrast to other Norwegian films of the same time, it is a genre film with ambitions of an international audience.

English version

In addition to the Norwegian version, there was a version released in English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

, directed by British director Tristan DeVere Cole
Tristan DeVere Cole
Tristan DeVere Cole is a British director born March 16, 1935 in Redruth, Cornwall, England.He is best known for Orion's Belt , the TV series Z-Cars , and Dykket...

. Every time Norwegian director Ola Solum
Ola Solum
Ola Solum was a Norwegian film director. In 1983 he directed the documentary Camera Goes. He was known for directing the film...

 was satisfied with a take, DeVere Cole would walk in and have the actor or actors say the line(s) over again in English. Therefore the film was almost shot-for-shot identical with the Norwegian version; however, the staging was modified in some scenes. It was also edited differently, so the international version is 3 minutes shorter than the Norwegian.

In the 2005 re-release of the Norwegian DVD, the English version is included.


Orion's Belt won the Amanda award in the category of best Norwegian Film in 1985. Composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud won the Amanda award for best film music, and the also took the Film Critics' Prize in the same year.
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