The first official trailer for the new Norwegian film “Birkebeinerne” has been released. The film is based on real events in the early 13th century, a time when Norway was in a state of civil war. Two heroic skiers escorted the young prince Håkon Håkonsson on a perilous journey across the mountain to escape the people who wanted the prince dead.

The film is directed by Oscar-nominee Nils Gaup, and stars Jakob Oftebro and Kristofer Hivju (known for portraying Tormund Giantsbane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.) The 1869 painting (above) by Knud Bergslien seems to have had a major influence on the production design.

Anticipation has been high ever since the producers in 2013 started casting several hundred “bearded, rugged men” as well as “warrior women” to star as extras. The film also has one of the largest production budgets for a Norwegian film to date, and the director has promised plenty of fast-paced action and magnificent battle scenes.

So far, only a Norwegian trailer has been released but we took the liberty to add English captions for your convenience. Enjoy!

You can read more about the story of the Birkebeiner here.

“Birkebeinerne” is released in theaters in February 2016.

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