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Norwegian Ninja
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When: Thursday, May 26th, 2011
6:30 PM
Where: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
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A love letter to 1980's Ninja movies, Bond films, conspiracies and special effects.

Norwegian diplomat Arne Treholt was arrested in 1984 and convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Iraq. Now, the most notorious modern espionage case in Norway undergoes an incredible transformation in the film Norwegian Ninja. Writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling reimagines Treholt's case as the tale of a Ninja entrusted by King Olav to lead a secret force of enlightened shadow warriors. The Ninjas discover that Stay Behind, a NATO force created to battle the Soviet Union, is planning a peacetime coup d'etat. The Ninjas must defeat the conspirators at all costs in order to keep Norway free. Join Malling for his first state-side screening of the film the Wall Street Journal calls, "hilarious and menacing, absurd and insightful, and an accomplished work of genre film making that authoritatively upends the cold-war spy thriller.” He'll reveal how he was inspired to turn Treholt into a hero and what the real spy thinks of the film.

Co-sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

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