Up-and-coming Norwegians in Hollywood
Director Roar Uthaug’s Bolgen (The Wave) is Norway’s first disaster movie. Gripping and visually spectacular, The Wave is inspired by a bizarre but real incident – a tsunami in a Norwegian fjord. This happened in 1934 as the result of a huge landslide.
Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Two childhood friends who’ve progressed from dad’s camcorder to the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). They kicked off their career making films for the Norwegian Army. Their production company Motion Blur is one of the highest-rated in Scandinavia.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Hercules star Berdal is set to hit TV screens around the world in the upcoming HBO sci-fi series Westworld. She’ll be in good company – the cast includes the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton.
Wirkola’s Twitter profile states simply: “Ex plumber. Now drummer for LA Laplanders. Also make films.” The director may be modest about his achievements, but his upcoming movie – What Happened to Monday? starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close – might just force him into the limelight.
Joachim Trier took Louder Than Bombs to the main competition at Cannes this year – the first Norwegian film since 1979 to play there. Stars of the movie include Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert and Jesse Eisenberg.