"Welcome to this beautiful refugee camp! You have to repair, clean and fix your own rooms." (From the film)
A bankrupt hotel-owner transforms the building into a refugee camp.
Primus, who runs a family heritage mountaintop hotel at the north end of Norway, goes bankrupt. He loses the trust of his wife and daughter, and grasps for any way out. Learning about the financial support the state gives to refugee camps, he converts his hotel into one. But it doesn't take long for the 50 refugees who settle in this dingy and shabby place to rebel against Primus's racist slurs and apathy. Primus turns to Abedi, a refugee who speaks 7 languages, and together they re-locate the refugees in accordance with their religions and nationalities: Hindus on one floor, Sunnis on another, Shiites on another… When Primus begins to learn from his mistakes and appalling behavior, things start to turn around. The film handles this highly sensitive current problem with unique Scandinavian humor, starting from its ironic title: Welcome to Norway.
2016 GÖTEBORG BEST NORDIC FILM AUDIENCE AWARD, SEATTLE, HELSINKI, ZURICH, CPH:PIX
Rune Denstad Langlo, Norwegian director and writer with a background in documentaries was born in 1972. His first feature film North (2009) won the Critic's Award in Berlinale Panorama in 2009, and his second feature film Chasing the Wind (2013) received great reviews and screened at festivals throughout the world.