Favourite Films: Jakob Oftebro

In our new series Favourite Films, we speak to Nordic directors, producers and actors about the Nordic films that have inspired them.

Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro

Jakob Oftebro is arguably one of the biggest Norwegian actors today. After getting his breakthrough in the most successful Norwegian film of all time, Max Manus: Man of War, Jakob went on to star in the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki. Since then, we have seen Jakob in Gold Coast, Satisfaction 1720, In Order of Disappearance, The Last King and A Conspiracy of Faith. This year he was also awarded the recognition on the Norwegian Walk of Fame, alongside Liv Ullmann. He also hosted the Amanda Awards (Norway’s Oscars) and travelled to the Scandinavian Film Festival in Australia as a festival guest.  Next year we’ll see Jakob in The Snowman, Tom of Finland and the new TV series Monster.

Read our interview with Jakob here.

Here’s his favourite Nordic films:


1. Reprise directed by Joachim Trier

Local title: Reprise // Year: 2006

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.


This is Joachim Trier’s first movie. I personally believe he is one of the best directors Norway has right now, and this film really made an impace on me.

2. A Hijacking directed by Tobias Lindholm

Local title: Kapringen // Year: 2012

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.


An important story about a hijacking in Somalia, with great acting and amazing storytelling.


3. How Soon is Now? directed by Mikael Marcimain

Local title: Upp till kamp // Year: 2007

Four friends, Tommy, Lena, Erik and Rebecca, meet, love and socialise in Gothenburg, Sweden 1965-1976. The 68-generation. Surrounded by expanding industry and welfare, improving living conditions, but also mostly well-intentioned Social Democratic supervision. Rock music, the anti-Vietnam war movement and drug problems. Lena joins the militant left-wing. Erik becomes a pacifist. Tommy a heroin addict and flower child. But things change.


Mikael Marcimain’s masterpiece tells the story of growing up in the sixties in Sweden. If you haven’t seen it, do it!

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.