The Director Of INSOMNIA Returns With Heist-Thriller NOKAS

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
In 2002, fresh off the success of his indie-hit Memento, Christopher Nolan made his Hollywood studio debut with Insomnia. A smartly constructed thriller that did modest business, the Al Pacino / Robin Williams starring picture nevertheless drew solid critical notice and laid the groundwork for Nolan to land the job as director of Batman Begins, the film that made Nolan into one of the heaviest hitters in the Hollywood system.

Nolan's Insomnia is a remake of an earlier Norwegian picture of the same name, a 1997 picture directed and co-written by Erik Skjoldbjærg, who now returns with real life heist-thriller Nokas. Here's the synopsis from the Norwegian Film Institute.

In the morning of the 5th of April 2004, the greatest bank robbery in Norwegian history was carried out in Stavanger.

Nokas is the story of this robbery, which took place at the central cash service in Stavanger. The film traces the development of the robbery from early morning on until the fatal shot that took police officer Klungland's life. The story is credibly narrated through details in an everyday manner. Routines and daily activities at the police station and the cash service centre, the unaffected civilians at the Cathedral Square who politely ask the heavily armed robbers if they may pass with their pram, and the robbers who restlessly get dressed, take a leak, kid around, and wait for the great event. And when the robbery is carried out, it's totally unreal for everyone. Even if it's actually taking place.

The robbery itself is the main character of the story, and it is illuminated from several angles in the course of the film, from the perspective of the police, the robbers, the central cash service personnel, and ordinary people. It's a credible and realistic, but fictitious reconstruction, the way it could have happened. The story is poetically and filmatically depicted, with sober use of various genre techniques.
Shot using many of the locations from the actual event - including the Stavanger Police Station, Nokas Cash Central and Cathedral Square - this looks to be intense, sharply wrought stuff. The first trailer has just arrived, check it below.

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