Viking Women

The Vikings shaped Europe on to this present day. However, today half of them has vanished from the collective memory: the women. Even though they played an important part in the Vikings’ world. The two-part documentary “VIKING WOMEN” gives completely new insights into a fascinating culture, about which it seemed everything was already known.

News

  • 11/2014 - THE VIKINGS at „Cross Media Storytelling“ workshop in Bremen

    We are giving a behind the scenes look into our project „The Vikings“ this tuesday, November 11th at the „Cross [...]

    We are giving a behind the scenes look into our project „The Vikings“ this tuesday, November 11th at the „Cross Media Storytelling“ workshop in Bremen on November 11th. The main focus will be the production of our serious game „ISUNGUR“. The workshop is organised by nordmedia.

    „Cross media storytelling“ workshop
    Film „Viking Women“
    App „The Vikings – The Treasure Quiz“
    Serious Game „ISUNGUR – Save your Viking Village“


  • 04/2015 - "Viking Women" wins Silver World Medal at New York Festivals 2015

    We are delighted to announce that our two part drama-documenatry “Viking Women” has won the Silver World Medal for best [...]

    We are delighted to announce that our two part drama-documenatry "Viking Women" has won the Silver World Medal for best docu-drama at this year´s New York Festival. Since 1957, New York Festival's World’s Best TV & Films has honoured exceptional projects and has created a brand that stands for creativity and prestige. This year, the festival received entries from 50 countries. We are more than happy about the award and would like to thank everybody who supported the project. Only few days ago the award ceremony took place in Las Vegas.

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  • 05/2014 - "Vikings"-Serious Game selected for Cross Video Days

    Our Online-Serious Game “Vikings” has been selected for the Cross Video Days in Paris (19th and 20th June). The Cross [...]

    Our Online-Serious Game "Vikings" has been selected for the Cross Video Days in Paris (19th and 20th June). The Cross Video Days perceives as Europeans First Content Market for Crossmedia. The best selected projects will also be allowed to pitch at Cannes Film Market and Sunny Side of the Doc. The web-based game “Vikings” takes children and teenagers at the age of 9-12 on a journey to Northern Europe and offers a completely new and playful way of gaining insights into the fascinating culture of the Vikings.

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    The Vikings - The Treasure Quiz (App)

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    ISUNGUR - Save Your Viking Village (Serious Game)


Viking Women

Viking Women – Sigrun’s Escape to IcelandThe Vikings changed Europe forever, yet half of them have almost completely disappeared from collective memory: the women. Quite unjustly so, as they played an important role in the world of the Vikings and performed extraordinary deeds: Viking women commanded ships and settled colonies. They took up arms and negotiated with emperors. Their traces can now be proven all the way from America to Kiev. Without their biographies the period of the Vikings stays incomplete.

The two-part documentary “VIKING WOMEN” gives completely new insights into a fascinating culture, about which it seemed everything was already known. Exclusive interviews with experts from around the globe draw an authentic picture of the Viking world according to the latest scientific findings. High quality recreations with an international top-class cast will lead us to the early medieval world of the Vikings and revive this fascinating, long-lost era. Based on characters of the Nordic sagas, the mini-series displays the life stories of two Viking women: those of Sigrun and Jova.

1. Sigrun´s Escape to Iceland

Norway in the year 872. Sigrun (Esther Schweins) could be a happy woman. As husfreya (housewife) she presides over an impressive Viking household on the coast, she has lots of children, her husband Ulf (Luca Maric) commands his own ship. Yet Sigrun’s marriage is an unhappy one. The family is burdened by a dark secret: her husband stole her away from her home settlement during a raid when she was a young girl, killing her father and brother.

Sigrun has been secretly plotting her revenge ever since. When she hears news of a newly discovered island in the west, the time seems to have come at last: this is her chance to start a new life. Sigrun has enough time to prepare everything before her husband comes back from “viking”. She rallies together some followers and has a dragon-ship built, and waits for her opportunity. A spectacular escape to far-off shores begins.

2. Jova´s heritage and the fall of Haithabu

Denmark in the year 1064. Jova (Leonie Benesch) lives as a servant in the household of the merchant Ottar, who runs his business in the town of Haithabu. One day she finds out that her father (Reiner Schöne) was a renowned warrior who set out to the east shortly after her birth and didn’t come back. From then on Jova only has one thing on her mind: finding her father. She escapes from Ottar´s house, dresses up like a man to hire on a ship that sails to the land of the Rus.

The story of Jova leads us deep inside the fundamentally changing society of the Vikings. At this time, Haithabu is one of the most important commercial centers of the Vikings with its numerous emporiums connected from all around the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Through the extensive trading with other peoples, Christianity gets intensified influence in the live of the Vikings. Especially kings, traders and women become strong supporters of this new religion. During this time strong kingdoms arise from the middle of the Viking princes. But Christianization and the emerging kingdoms are both a blessing and a curse and herald the destruction of Viking culture.

Serious Game

Along with the films, an exclusively created serious game will be published for the web – it provides additional information for children and teenagers at the age of 10-14 and allows to discover Viking history and cul­ture by means of an educational online role play.

The entertaining web-based format consists of documentary video material, images, sounds and mini-games. Different characters and perspecti­ves engage the players in a high-involving competition experience.

Esther Schweins (Sigrun)
Leonie Benesch (Jova)
Reiner Schöne (Ragnar)
Luca Maric (Ulf)
Michael Pink (Grim)
Annette Lober (Tyra)
Fritz Roth (Ottar)
Torsten Münchow (Stenar/Ansgar)
Valter Skarsgård (Thorulf)
Søren Hauch Fausbøll (Njall)
Caroline Hartig (Gyda)
Aurelia Lehmann (Thora)
Mia Baumgarten (junge Sigrun)
Jakob Benkhofer (Björn)
Oliver Jaksch (Gautar)
Kerstin Römer (Magd)
Peter Clös (Mönch)
Fredrik Dolk (Missionar, Ältester)
Fredrik Gunnarsson (Soldat 1)
Rainer Frank (Soldat 2)
Reiner Wagner (Händler Schiff)
Michalis Koutsogiannakis (Händler im Kontor)
Johan Svensson (Händler auf dem Markt)
Simon Reithner (Halfdan)
Cornelia Kempers (Vigdis)
Rasmus Haxen (Ornolfr)
Hans Ulrich Laux (Sklavenhändler)
Jan Elle (Matrose)
Josephine Feit (junge Magd)
and many more

Script: Alexander Hogh
Director: Kai Christiansen, Judith Voelker, Yoav Parish
Production assistant: Ina Kessebohm
Assistant director: Florian Schwombeck
Set manager: Cordula Stadter
Director of Photography (scenic part): Hans Jakobi, Markus Fraunholz
Director of Photography (documentary part): Marc Riemer, Michael Kern, Torben Müller, Reiner Bauer
1. Camera assistant: Thomas Wozny
Sound-editor (scenic shoot): Urs Krüger, Yannik Fehling
Camera assistant/Sound-editor (documentary shoot): Milan Bergheim, Christoph Knorr, Resa Asarschahab, Bea Müller
Lighting technician: Günter Berghaus, Nico Mölter, Sven Hoffmann
Grip: Henrik Römer
Costume designer: Helen Nordmann, Chiara Steinbauer
Make up artist: Mike Reinecke, Lisa Edelmann
Set designer: Dennis Duis, Kay Kulke
Set designer assistant: Verena Kaupert, Aleksander Mehanikovs
Set builder&driver: Stefan Reißmann, Jan-Michael Condoluci
Photographer: Nadja Werner
Catering: Ingbert Adam, Sven Wilhelm
Location Scout / Manager: Lydia Antivalidis
Driver: Tuva Fors, Steffen Ehlers, Max Ekman
VFX, Composition, CGI: Holger Neuhäuser
Film editor: Christoph Senn, Jens Greuner
Film editor assistant: Malte Hadeler
Producer (script supervisor): Ira Beetz
Research: Mette Reynold, Jorge Scholz
Production Manager: Onno Ehlers
1.& 2. Set- Director: Bettina Kinski, Viktoria Sardarian
Film Accountant: Sandra Zentgraf
Executive Producer: Reinhardt Beetz
NDR/arte: Ulrike Dotzer, Dirk Neuhoff

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Kooperation

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