Netflix is continuing its “new movies every week” theme in 2022, and this year’s slate includes six more new films from Europe that will debut on the streaming service.
Following on from the article about the “7 New UK Films Headed to Netflix in 2022,” here we look at the upcoming European films that Netflix will launch this year as part of its weekly new movie initiative.
As of this writing, there are six new Euro films (some previously announced) headed our way. Note that these are just the ones that have been confirmed; there could be more coming that haven’t been announced yet. The six also don’t include the Spanish YA romance drama Through My Window (A través de mi ventana), which debuted on February 4, and the French sci-fi comedy Big Bug, which premiered on February 11. (Details about both are here.)
The upcoming titles are as follows:
Against the Ice (Iceland-Denmark)
Based on the book Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen, this English-language historical adventure drama tells the true story of two men — explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen (two-time Primetime Emmy® nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones, Headhunters) and mechanic Iver Iversen (BAFTA nominee Joe Cole, Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders) — who fight to survive as they trek unknown parts of Greenland on a harrowing expedition that changed history.
Featuring in the film are Edda Awards nominee Heida Reed (Stella Blómkvist), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards winner Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), four-time Emmy nominee Charles Dance (Bleak House), and Edda Awards winner Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Ragnarok). Written by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick, the film is directed by European Film Awards nominee Peter Flinth (Arn: The Knight Templar) and produced by multi-award winner Baltasar Kormákur (Trapped).
Against the Ice premieres globally on Wednesday, March 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues) (Germany)
This wartime drama is based on Erich Maria Remarque’s world-famous anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front. The film tells the poignant story of Paul, a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I, who, along with his comrades, experiences first-hand how the initial war euphoria turns into horror, suffering, and fear while they desperately fight for their lives in the trenches.
Directed by Primetime Emmy® nominee Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose, Deutschland 83), the film’s cast includes Felix Kammerer (David im Wunderland), Albrecht Schuch (Bad Banks), Daniel Brühl (The Alienist), Aaron Hilmer (The Last Word), Adrian Grünewald (Sløborn), Anton von Lucke (The Mopes), Moritz Klaus (Phoenixsee), Edin Hasanovic (Skylines), Devid Striesow (8 Days), and Andreas Döhler (The Heavy Water War). A production of Amusement Park Film, All Quiet on the Western Front is produced by Malte Grunert and Daniel Dreifuß.
The global premiere date for All Quiet on the Western Front has not been announced yet, but you can set a reminder for it now. Stay tuned for updates.
Grammy Awards winner Romain Gavras serves as director and, along with BAFTA nominee Ladj Ly (Les misérables) and Cannes Film Festival winner Elias Belkeddar (Un jour de mariage), as co-writer of this film, which centers on three siblings whose lives are thrown into chaos hours after their youngest brother dies in unexplained circumstances.
The cast includes Dali Benssalah (No Time to Die), Sami Slimane (RG03), Berlin International Film Festival winner Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Sochi International Film Festival winner Ouassini Embarek (Beach Cafe), and César Awards winner Alexis Manenti (Les misérables).
The global premiere date for Athena has not been announced yet; stay tuned for updates.
Black Crab (Sweden)
Set during a harsh, seemingly endless winter in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by war, this sci-fi action thriller follows six soldiers who embark on a covert mission across a frozen archipelago, risking their lives to transport a mysterious package that could end the war. As they enter hostile enemy territory, they have no idea what dangers lie ahead or who, if anyone, they can trust. But for speed skater-turned-soldier Caroline Edh (multi-award winner Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the mission is about something else entirely.
Based on Jerker Virdborg‘s novel of the same name, the film costars Amanda Awards winner Jakob Oftebro (Agent Hamilton), Göteborg Film Festival winner Erik Enge (The Bridge), Svendborg Film Festival winner Dar Salim (Warrior), Berlin International Film Festival winner Ardalan Esmaili (Rebecka Martinsson), Stockholm Film Festival winner Aliette Opheim (Katla), and Berlin International Film Festival winner David Dencik (The Chestnut Man).
Black Crab launches globally on Friday, March 18. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Takedown (Loin du périph) (France)
This crime comedy sequel reunites César Awards winner Omar Sy (Intouchables, Lupin) and César Awards nominee Laurent Lafitte (Elle, Dear Mother) in their roles from On the Other Side of the Tracks as Ousmane Diakité and François Monge — cops with very different styles, backgrounds and careers. They had worked together many years ago, but then life split them up. Now the unlikely pair is reunited for a new investigation, one that takes them all the way up to the French Alps. What seemed to be a simple drug deal turns out to be a high-scale criminal case wrapped in danger and unexpected comedy.
Costarring César Awards winner Izïa Higelin (Bad Girl), the film is written by Stéphane Kazandjian (Detectives), directed by Primetime Emmy® winner Louis Leterrier (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and produced by Eric Altmayer and Nicolas Altmayer.
The global premiere date for The Takedown has not been announced yet, but you can set a reminder for it now. Stay tuned for updates.
In this fantasy action-adventure feature, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years deep inside the mountain of Dovre. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?
The cast includes Berlin International Film Festival winner Ine Marie Wilmann (Bloodride), Kim Falck (Good Night Darling), Amanda Awards winner Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (Home for Christmas), and Amanda Awards nominee Gard B. Eidsvold (Witch Hunt).
Directed by Amanda Awards winner Roar Uthaug (Tomb Raider, The Wave), the film is written by Espen Aukan (The Games), and produced by Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud.
The global premiere date for Troll has not been announced yet, but you can set a reminder for it now. Stay tuned for updates.
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