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Roar Uthaug.
Roar Uthaug.

Up-and-coming Norwegians in Hollywood

Quite a few Norwegian directors are making it big in Tinseltown. Here’s the list of who to keep your eye on.

Roar Uthaug

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

Joachim Rønning and 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.

Left: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal. Right: Tommy Wirkola.

Tommy Wirkola

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

Joachim Trier.

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.