‘Against the Ice‘ tells the true story of an Arctic expedition in 1909.
Nikolaj shared his experience of how he wrote and produced the film ‘Against the Ice’ in Greenland and Iceland.
In early March, Netflix released a survival film based on true events about the 1909 Arctic expedition entitled ‘Against the Ice.’ The film itself is an adaptation of a book and an adaptation of a true story under the name Two Against the Ice.
From director Peter Flinth and his co-writers, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick, the film ‘Against the Ice,’ takes us on an expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Coster-Waldau). Mikkelsen sets out with another crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole) to prove that Greenland is one of the islands unclaimed by the United States.
Through extreme weather, exhaustion, until a polar bear attack almost keeps them from returning, but their struggle to survive ultimately leads them into history.
Reporting from Collider, Nikolaj spoke in his interview that ‘Against the Ice’ is not a project that can be done halfway. When given a book by Flinth, he is then surprised about the story he will live.
According to him, the book is a good read. Apart from the struggle to survive and the various kinds of madness they must experience, these events give him a wider understanding of reality. Through this story, Nikolaj feels touched and at the same time becomes connected with Mikkelsen.
The main conflict is simple but inherent and the honesty of soosk Mikkelsen makes Nikolaj want to write the film ‘Against the Ice’ with his partner, Joe Derrick. Like most people, Mikkelsen has his own inner struggles that make Nikolaj perhaps feel close to the character.
Apart from that, Nikolaj also shared about how this film was very difficult and challenging to produce. From the start, he knew that all crew had to shoot at the original location. They want to be at the North Pole and feel the chill so the audience can feel it too. For him, shooting in Greenland and Iceland was very important. Nikolaj wanted to shoot in Greenland to get things that can only be found in Greenland, such as frozen sea ice and incredible views.
With the best and most experienced people in the Arctic, Nikolaj feels both fortunate and safer working with the experts. Despite the hardships he faced, he also had no regrets about his dangerous decision, leading them into the Arctic cold.
At the end of his interview, he also added that he and Joe currently have projects in progress, but neither is located in the North Pole. Therefore, both of them felt lucky to be in ‘Against the Ice’ and to feel the things they had felt before.
Currently, ‘Against the Ice’ can be enjoyed by the general public and movie lovers on the Netflix streaming service since 2 March.