Pioner (2013) Script

IN THE 1970'S, ENORMOUS OIL AND GAS RESERVES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE NORTH SEA

THE DEEP WATERS ALONG THE COAST PREVENTED NORWAY FROM FLOWING THE OIL TO LAND

TO LAY A PIPELINE AT SUCH DEPTHS, THE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT FINANCED A NUMBER OF RESEARCH DIVES

THE AMERICAN DIVING INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTED TO FINDING A SUITABLE DIVING METHOD

LARGE PROFITS AWAITED THOSE WHO WERE ABLE TO BUILD A PIPELINE ALONG THE SEABED

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS PIONEER

Petter? Are you okay?

Shall we stop?

Hey.

Bro?

Stay awake.

Simulated test dive, 500 meters


Answer me, Petter, or I'll take you out.

Okay.

What's going on out there? What's up with Leif?

They won't take you out.

They're yelling at each other.

Bro? Pia wants a word with you.

Huh? - Petter?

Hi. Hi.

Put the cap back on.

You're not registering on the EEG.

Why don't you come in and put it on?

Very nice.


Leif?

Leif? Why was he taken out?

Close the hatch. We're cleaning out the American gas mix.


I feel like shit.

Continue pressurization.

We're almost there.

Is this normal?

There's nothing normal about this.

That politician's here with a cake.

Who let that bird in here?

There's an albatross in here. No, it's a seagull.

It's an albatross.

I've seen them in the Gulf of Mexico.

The wings are different.


Jørgen? Can you see the bird? What bird?

My lungs are on fire.

Congratulations from the management.

You're the first Norwegians to be pressurized to 500 meters.

A world record for simulated deep diving was recently set here.

- Does it feel good? Yeah, it does.

Look at him! Martin.

Dad's on TV.

What's working with with the Americans like?

It's uncle!

Exciting. They've got a lot of experience with this.

One of the diving teams is Norwegian.

I think we're in control of the process.

Norwegian authorities plan to pump the petroleum ashore.

But first the divers must prove they can work at such depths.

Petter will go on a new test dive led by the US company Deep Sea Diving tomorrow.

320 meters below the surface, they'll join two pipe sections in a habitat.

What will it be like to reach the ocean floor?

It's what we've been training for.

Why we've done this experiment. So we're looking forward to it.

In the US, Ronald Reagan has...

Did you see Dad on TV? No, just uncle.

It wasn't exactly about you. Sure it was!

He's the one they interviewed. Yeah yeah.

Yeah, but it wasn't about you. You're not mad at me?

This next dive will be my last.

Because? I'm gonna become a diving supervisor.

I'll make loads of money. Been drinking paint?

We make ten times what they do.

We don't. They get to see their family twenty times as much as we do.

Is this Maria's idea?

Nope.

You're gonna dive until you're sixty?

Sure I will.

You live on a boat. Got no family.

I've got you.

But no kids. All that will change.

Then you'll see what I mean.

Look ahead, Petter.


OFFSHORE TEST DIVE, 320 METERS


Boss? From your wife.

And from Marianne. What about me?

Shut up.


First in the Norway Trench.


You're the TV star, you know.


You got the balls for this?


Petter?

Petter?

Petter?

Have you landed? ...but a huge leap for an ordinary guy from the projects.


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Start pressurization.

Thirty, forty, forty-two, forty-six...

- Closing the valve. Now the other side.


We're blowing out the water.


There's water seeping in.

Okay.

Is it a lot? No, it's not much.

We just need more pressure. We'll fix it. Ready?

Increase pressure by five bars.

Increasing pressure.

- Shut the valve, Petter! Turn it off!

Knut? Petter?

Report, damn it!

Petter? We've lost contact!

- I'm here. Focus on finding Knut!

- Can you see him? I can't see!

Knut! Knut!

- He's here! Is he conscious?

Bro! Bro!

Can you get him to the surface?

His mask is smashed! It's smashed!

Just take it off.

- I'm removing his mask. Check his pulse.

Bro! Knut!

Petter? Is he breathing?

He's breathing!

Tell us...

Tell us what's going on!

Don't move! We'll send Jørgen down to help you.

He won't make it!

I'm giving him my mask.

I'm giving him my mask. Bro. Bro!

I'm coming out now.

You won't make it back to the bell!

Draw in the umbilical.

No! You'll never make it without a mask!

You hear what I'm saying, Petter? No!

Petter?

Jørgen? Pull in Petter's umbilical.

Copy that. Pulling them in.


Where's Knut?!

Flood the bell, dammit!

Flooding the bell.

I've got him!

I've got him.

You've got him? Got him!

Is he breathing? Bro?

He's not breathing!

Petter! Give him CPR.

Come on, bro! Hurry! Get us up!

Close the hatch.

Get us up!

You're not going anywhere!

Not anywhere, bro!

Come on.

I blacked out. What the hell happened?

I don't know. I don't know!


Get the hypo from the equipment lock, Jørgen.

Yes.

Push it hard and deep. As deep as it goes. Now, Petter!

Nothing's happening.

Bro.

Come on, bro. Come on...

That's enough.

Petter...

It's too late.


What happened?

I don't know.

Steady, steady.


Did you notice anything weird about the breathing gas?

Or hear anything?

I blacked out. There must have been a gas cut.

I know.


Petter? How are you feeling?

Jørgen says there was a cut.

This is your responsibility, Trond.

Careful now, Petter. Petter...

I never said that.

You said you heard how I stopped breathing.


I wanna speak to Ferris.


Then what do you think happened?

You inflated the plug until it blew up.

Because I passed out! Explain that!

Explain it!


Petter? My condolences. You want Knut's briefcase?

Trond?

Trond?

Ferris?


Jeger!

Jeger! Hi.

My condolences. What's the directorate gonna do?

I don't understand, eh...

About Trond Edvardsen. He screwed up the breathing gas.

If there's any ambiguity... That cut should never have happened.

We're going to investigate it thoroughly. I promise.

Look here.

Call me anytime.

This isn't what I ask for. It's not what I want.

No, I understand.

So what are you gonna do about it?

Mortal accidents are complex events.

The supervisor disagrees.

I know what he thinks. I made no mistakes.

Well, let's see what the police have to say.


Maria!

Here.

It needs new batteries. Unscrew the bottom.

I'll get by. It wasn't my fault.

It was an accident, okay?


Hey! I wanna see the recording from the accident.

The video tape.

I'd love to show it to you.

But there isn't any. "There isn't any"?

Have you erased it?

There wasn't any tape in the recorder.

You expect me to believe that? Ask Leif, Ronald, Ferris.

I'll ask Jørgen. Where is he? On sick leave.

Sick leave? Why?

I guess he's ill. Just let me see the tape.

Petter. You overinflated the plug.

You can't change that.

Hey! Jørgen!

Hi.

Trond says you're sick. I've been a bit off.

You're not sick. You're working.

I'm feeling better now.

Has someone told you to keep your mouth shut?

Jørgen! Answer me.

Why won't Trond show me the tape?

What are you talking about? What happened?

I don't know what you're talking about. I had a cut!

You heard it!

Jørgen!

Jørgen?

Jørgen! Hey!

Jørgen!

Hey!

Something's wrong with Jørgen! Another seizure?

Hi. I need a word with Leif about Jørgen.

He gets seizures. I know he's on...

Did he get one in the bell while monitoring the gas?

I don't know anything about that.

Are you back? No.

Leif? Hi.

How long have you known Jørgen's sick?

What's wrong with him?

Health is a private matter.

His dad says he's had several seizures.

I need to do another EEG test on you.

Why?

Because it's my job.

Has Jørgen taken another test?

Leif? Yeah.

Did you know Jørgen was sick when you sent him down on that dive?

It wasn't my call. What do you mean?

Leif...


Hey Ronald?

Ronald?

Are you there?


You can read stuff into the tests, like Leif did.

You can find anything. It says that Jørgen's ill.

They're normal. Only Leif sees the connection.

What connection? Jørgen's sick.

Yeah.

But medically speaking, these charts don't say so.

It's Leif's interpretation.

You sent a sick diver down there.

No one knew he was sick.

Leif obviously knew.

He wrote the conclusion in hindsight.

This is a bad time for you to get fired.

They're preparing a new test dive.

I won't dive now. You have to.

The Petroleum Directorate needs to keep one Norwegian diver in the program.


Thank you. Thank you for meeting us.

We need to talk.

Do you have an appointment? No.

Talk to my secretary. I've something to show you.

The police are doing what they can to...

Jørgen manned the bell at the time.

He's sick. It says so here.

Isn't this confidential? Just take a look.

I can't interpret this. Can you?

I think he caused my brother's death.

He gets seizures. I've seen it.

Have you shown this to anyone? No.

Okay, I'll follow it up. But we need to conclude the verification dives.

The mission isn't over yet.

I won't dive until I know what happened to my brother.

Right. I understand.


Hi! Hi.

Uncle? The police called.

They did?

Hi. It's like this:

Jørgen Heimland has taken responsibility for the accident.

He admits that he shut the wrong valve in the diving bell.

He did what? Could you repeat that?

He cut your breathing gas.

Okay. How's that? Human error.

But was it a seizure?

The report doesn't mention any seizure.

You don't know what happened?

You can file a civil lawsuit if you want to.

No. Why not?

I couldn't bear it.

What does the report say? It says what I just said.


Is Jørgen here? Jørgen's gone to Spain.

Tell him I wanna talk to him.


Petter? I need to talk to you.

What are you doing here?

Were you here earlier?

What do you mean? We need to talk.

Just look at the boat.

What are you doing here?

I'm gonna find out how Knut died.

Okay. And you think I've got the answer?

The gas Ronald's given you contains a secret component.

And the goddamn Americans won't say what it is.

I made him stop using it at the research center.

But they call the shots at sea. So Knut promised to help us.

With what?

He was gonna take a sample of the American gas in the bell.

Didn't he tell you? What are you saying?

What sort of bullshit is this?

Did you find a gas sample in Knut's briefcase?

I'd know it if he was taking a sample.

Ronald's drugging you with that gas.

You wobbled around like a drunkard.

That's why you passed out.

Jørgen's taken the blame. He'd never turn off the gas.

Listen to this. Listen to Knut's voice.

He didn't pass out.

What's that?

The tape from the accident.

Trond said there wasn't any tape.

Trond?

I took the tape.

- Okay, you can turn it off now. It's enough now, Petter.

Petter, stop it! I'm stuck here!

Petter?

Knut has no problems with the gas.

You were on the same feed. Shut the valve, Petter!

Knut! Petter!

- Report, Goddamit! Petter? We've lost contact!

Find the gas sample, and I'll reveal who did this.

Lift it up and get this part in there. That's it. Great!

Martin? Remember the flashlight I gave you?

Yeah.

You know where it is? In a suitcase.

Your suitcase? I think so.

Where is it? In my room.

What's that?

It's a gas sample.


Leif?

Hello?

Hello?

Leif?

Leif?

Leif?

Leif?

Leif?

Leif?

Leif?

Hey!


Hey! Hey!

Hey!


I found Knut's gas cylinder.

You want me to test it?

Hm?

You want me to test it for you?

It's empty.

I have to know what's in that goddamn gas.

If I go on the next dive, bring back a gas sample, will you test it when I get back?


To the right.

There are no Norwegian divers left.

That's why you have to go.

The Americans refuse to let me dive.

Who's stopping you?

The diving physician. Ronald.

What's he saying? That I'm not prepared.

That I'm not fit. I don't know.

The pipeline will come ashore there.

The Americans think they've won the contract.

That they can just open the tap and help themselves.

You'll make a good supervisor.

That's not what I want. I wanna dive.

I'm talking about your future opportunities.

When we start pumping the oil.

Of course you'll dive.

It's not up to the physician to decide.

Are you ready?


I'm going back to work.

I'll be back in three weeks.

That's exactly what Knut said.

Let me show you something.

You can turn it off now.

- Petter! Turn it off! Shut the valve, Petter!

You hear me?! Shut it off!

What the hell is wrong with you?

Hm?

I have to find out what happened.

I have to understand, get it?

I don't need to know. But I do!

That's why I have to go down there.


Petter? For you.

You recently lost your brother on a similar dive.

How does that affect your work?

I think he'd have wanted me to go on diving.

I don't really think it's affected my work.

Excuse me? Dr. Lindberg called me.

Leif?

The day before he died.

Wanted to talk about the accident.

Anything else we should know? No, not that I can remember.

Do me a favor and call me if you remember anything.

Be careful about what you say to the press.

What? You heard me.

The gas sample you're taking in the bell.

Give it to Pia as soon as you're back.

What are you talking about? Don't try to get smart.


Concluding test dive, 360 meters


- Trond? Yeah?

I don't feel too good. I'll switch places with Philip, and man the bell.


Hi. Hi. I couldn't get the sample.

Why not?

I didn't have time. No room for it.

How did Jeger know about the sample?

Who do you think I work for? To build the pipeline ourselves, we need the American gas recipe.

Were you going to give me the results?

Yes, of course.


Petter... Petter!


Hey!


Hey! Don't move. Don't move!

It's me, Petter. It's me.

Petter, give me five minutes.

You can't trust anyone. Leif...

What did you get to lie?

I didn't do it for the money, but to help you.

To help me?

How does it help me if you lie and take the blame for something you didn't do?

We thought it was your fault.

I'm not gonna listen to this crap.

Just hear me out.

They're all in on it.

Does it look like I've got time to listen to you?

I just came from 100 meters in the chamber.

I'm going into the water - to treat myself for decompression sickness.

That guy from the Petroleum Directorate, Jeger told me exactly what to say.

He got me a plane ticket to Spain, just to get rid of me. Don't trust him.


Hey.

Petter?

Ferris tried to kill me.

They tried to kill me.

Hey, hey.

Shh. Shh.


Hi. Hi.

Coffee?

No thanks.

Ferris gave me this.

He wanted to avoid a police investigation.

Why did you accept it? You wouldn't take my money.

It's not your responsibility. Of course it is.

Would you rather take money from a guy who's willing to kill me? Is that better?

How was I supposed to know?

You must have realized something?

I've realized it's time to look ahead.

Can I take it?

Why?


Hi. Hi.

They found a dead body. Yeah.

It was Jørgen.

I've got the gas sample.

What are you doing with it? I'll give it to you.

That's the deal, right? Yeah.

As soon as Ferris leaves the country.

How am I gonna make that happen?

I'm sure you and Jeger can sort it out.

Petter?


This is not a business practice we want in this country.

Trying to bribe relatives like that is completely unacceptable.

Can you lay the pipeline without the Americans?

I'm confident we have the necessary know-how to do the job ourselves.

What are you looking for? I just don't trust you.

Relax. We need you.

I've been named CEO of a new, state-owned company.

We have to build the pipeline ourselves.

I need someone who's been down there.

You need the sample.

The "necessary know-how", as you call it.

Yeah.

We need you as well.

I want a job as diving supervisor.

Okay. And I want the money.

The cylinder's in the locker room.

My brother's locker.

Tell Maria we're grateful.

She expects more than gratitude.

"More than gratitude"?

Her husband, your brother, dived down to 320 meters.

He died there.

He knew it was dangerous, but he did it... voluntarily.

It was his job.

The locker room. Knut Jensen's locker.

In twenty years, when his son grows up...

He'll grow up in one of the world's richest countries.


THE NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVED THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE PIPELINE ON JUNE 10TH, 1981.

THE CONSTRUCTION WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE STATE-OWNED COMPANY STATPIPE.

CHOOSING TO PIPE THE PETROLEUM RESOURSES TO THE MAINLAND MADE NORWAY THE WORLD'S WEALTHIEST COUNTRY.

IN 2004 A GROUP OF DIVERS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE AGAINST THE STATE OF NORWAY THEY DEMANDED COMPENSATION FOR NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGES CONNECTED TO RESEARCH AND CONSTRUCTION IN THE NORTH SEA.

THE DIVERS LOST THE CASE IN NORWEGIAN COURTS IN 2011 THEY APPEALED TO THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN STRASBOURG.