My favourite Norwegian filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 08 Jun 2014 | updated - 16 Aug 2016 | Public

1. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).

Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).

His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...

2. Morten Tyldum

Director | The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for The Imitation Game (2014), Headhunters (2011) and Passengers (2016).

3. Hans Petter Moland

Director | Kraftidioten

Hans Petter Moland was born on October 17, 1955 in Oslo, Norway. He is a director and writer, known for In Order of Disappearance (2014), Aberdeen (2000) and Out Stealing Horses (2019).

4. Joachim Rønning

Director | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Joachim Rønning is a film director and writer from Sandefjord, Norway - a small coastal town south of Oslo. He spent his teenage years making short films and shooting commercials for local businesses. In 1995 Rønning began directing professionally with his childhood friend, Espen Sandberg. Working ...

5. Espen Sandberg

Director | Kon-Tiki

Espen Sandberg was born on June 17, 1971 in Sandefjord, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Kon-Tiki (2012), Max Manus: Man of War (2008) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

6. Marius Holst

Director | Ti kniver i hjertet

Marius Holst was born on January 15, 1965 in Oslo, Norway. He is a producer and director, known for Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (1994), King of Devil's Island (2010) and Dragonflies (2001).

7. André Øvredal

Director | Trolljegeren

André Øvredal is a director and writer, known for Trollhunter (2010), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) and Tunnelen (2016).

8. Tommy Wirkola

Director | What Happened to Monday

Tommy Wirkola was born on December 6, 1979 in Alta, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for What Happened to Monday (2017), Dead Snow 2 (2014) and Dead Snow (2009).

9. Nils Gaup

Director | Ofelas

Nils Gaup was born on April 12, 1955 in Kautokeino, Norway. He is a director and actor, known for Pathfinder (1987), Pathfinder (2007) and Head Above Water (1993).

10. Jens Lien

Director | Den brysomme mannen

Born in 1967, Jens Lien leaves his native country, Norway, for London in 1990. His initial intention was to play rock music in the British capital, but three years later, he is back in Oslo after ... graduating from the London International Film School. No more rock for Jens Lien then but if Norway...

11. Petter Næss

Director | Elling

Petter Næss was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1960. Originally he worked as a writer, director and actor for the theatre, staging close to 30 productions. In 1997 he was appointed director of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) and he quickly made a mark for himself promoting contemporary Norwegian plays...

12. Bent Hamer

Director | Salmer fra kjøkkenet

Bent Hamer was born on December 18, 1956 in Sandefjord, Norway. He is a director and writer, known for Kitchen Stories (2003), O'Horten (2007) and Factotum (2005).

13. Pål Øie

Director | Villmark

Pål Øie was born on November 15, 1961 in Norway. He is a director and writer, known for Dark Woods (2003), Hidden (2009) and Villmark 2 (2015).

14. Hisham Zaman

Director | Brev til Kongen

Hisham Zaman was born in 1975 in Kurdistan, Iraq. He is a director and producer, known for Letter to the King (2014), Before Snowfall (2013) and Bawke (2005).

16. Rune Denstad Langlo

Director | Nord

Rune Denstad Langlo was born on April 16, 1972 in Trondheim, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for North (2009), Welcome to Norway (2016) and Chasing the Wind (2013).

17. Torun Lian

Writer | Ikke naken

Appointed film consultant for the Norwegian Film Fund as of September 2004.

18. Arild Østin Ommundsen

Director | Eventyrland

Arild Østin Ommundsen was born in 1969 in Stavanger, Norway. He is a director and writer, known for It's Only Make Believe (2013), Mongoland (2001) and Monsterthursday (2004).

19. Katarina Launing

Director | Kule kidz gråter ikke

Katarina Launing was born in Sweden, and studied directing at the Norwegian Film School, graduating in 2000. She has since directed several short films and made her debut as a feature film director with the family adventure film Magic Silver, co-directed by Roar Uthaug. Kick It! is her second ...

20. Anne Sewitsky

Director | Sykt lykkelig

Anne Sewitsky was born on January 12, 1978 in Stavern, Norway. She is a director and writer, known for Happy, Happy (2010), Totally True Love (2011) and Homesick (2015).

21. Johan Kaos

Max Manus

Johan Kaos is an actor and producer, known for Max Manus: Man of War (2008), Pornopung (2013) and Bambieffekten (2011).

22. Edith Carlmar

Actress | Fjols til fjells

Edith Carlmar was born on November 15, 1911 in Oslo, Norway. She was an actress and director, known for Fools in the Mountains (1957), Death is a Caress (1949) and Bedre enn sitt rykte (1955). She was married to Otto Carlmar. She died on May 17, 2003 in Oslo.

23. Knut Andersen

Director | Skjær i sjøen

Knut Andersen was born on May 9, 1931 in Harstad, Norway. He is known for his work on Skjær i sjøen (1965), Ballad of the Masterthief Ole Hoiland (1970) and Nydelige nelliker (1964). He was married to Nicole Macé. He died on June 17, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

24. Øyvind Asbjørnsen

Producer | Magnus

Norwegian film producer, director and watchmaker. Grew up on the west coast of Norway in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund Asbjørnsen founded and was publisher-in-chief of Fritt Forlag ( Free Publishing) and have written screenplays and books. He is also the head of Main Island Production. He created...

25. Knut Åsdam

Director | Egress

Knut Åsdam is a director and writer, known for Egress (2013), Oblique (2008) and Blissed (2005).

26. Martin Asphaug

Director | En håndfull tid

Martin Asphaug was born on April 28, 1950 in Norway. He is a director and writer, known for A Handful of Time (1989), Folk flest bor i Kina (2002) and Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake (2005).

29. Åsleik Engmark

Actor | Knerten

Åsleik Engmark was born on December 27, 1965 in Oslo, Norway. He was an actor and director, known for Knerten (2009), Brødrene Dal og mysteriet med Karl XIIs gamasjer (2005) and Twigson Ties the Knot (2010). He was married to Helle Engmark. He died on February 12, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

30. Oddvar Einarson

Director | X

Oddvar Einarson was born in 1949. He is a director and writer, known for X (1986), Finanseventyret: Tidenes investering (2012) and Havet stiger (1990).

33. Aksel Hennie

Actor | Max Manus

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the ...

34. Tancred Ibsen

Director | Venner

Tancred Ibsen was born on July 11, 1893 in Gausdal, Norway. He was a director and writer, known for Struggle for Eagle Peak (1960), Gjest Baardsen (1939) and Valfångare (1939). He was married to Lillebil Ibsen. He died on December 4, 1978 in Oslo, Norway.

36. Pål Jackman

Director | Jernanger

Pål Jackman was born on September 20, 1967 in Haugesund, Norway. He is a director and writer, known for The Storm in My Heart (2009), Detector (2000) and State of Happiness (2018).

37. Peter Lykke-Seest

Writer | Unge hjerter

Worked as a story and script writer in all three Scandinavian countries between 1911-1919. Retired from the movies after his direction of Historien om en Gut to concentrate on literature.

38. Hallvar Witzø

Director | Ja vi elsker

Hallvar Witzø is a director and writer, known for Yes We Love (2014), Tuba Atlantic (2010) and Neste Sommer (2014).

39. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...



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