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Anyone trying to do justice to the jaw-dropping scenery of Western Norway could do worse than Preikestolen, the iconic rock face that soars high above the Lysefjord gorge. Known as Pulpit Rock, the dramatic formation is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s also known to movie buffs as the setting for the pulse-pounding climax of “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” when Tom Cruise scales a cliff that rises nearly 2,000 feet above terra firma.
Though the final scene in “Fallout” was ostensibly set in Kashmir, the rugged, forbidding, mountainous region that borders India, Pakistan and China, the producers found a more film-friendly twin in Western Norway, a region of striking natural beauty serviced by top-notch film infrastructure.
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Putting together such a high-stakes shoot required the skill set of the region’s world-class crews, says Per Henry Borch of Truenorth Norway, who worked as the local line producer on the film. But it also required a bit of luck. “When we wrapped up on a Friday, that same afternoon, the whole set snowed down, and winter came,” says Borch. “And it stayed for eight months.”
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Most international audiences were introduced to Western Norway by “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland’s 2015 sci-fi drama about a reclusive tech genius attempting to build the world’s first A.I. robot able to pass as human. Blending stunning scenery with striking contemporary architecture, the movie showcased the appeal of a region ready for the spotlight.
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Other international films soon followed suit. Recent high-profile productions to lense in Western Norway include “Fallout,” the sixth installment in the MI franchise; “The Snowman,” Tomas Alfredson’s film adaption of the Jo Nesbo thriller, starring Michael Fassbender; and “Downsizing,” Alexander Payne’s social satire starring Matt Damon, which opened the Venice film fest in 2017.
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