Favourite Films: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

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

Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson gained mainstream popularity for his leading role in the Icelandic series Trapped, but the Icelandic actor has been appearing in major Icelandic films over the last decade. Close friends with Baltasar Kormakur, Ólafur Darri broke through with his role in 101 Reykjavik and has since starred in Contrabad, Stormland, XL, Brúðguminn, Parents and Children. Ólafur Darri’s international career is also taking off, and has had roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Lady Dynamite, The Last Witchhunter, Emerald City and The Missing.


Read our interview with Ólafur Darri here. 



“This is just one of the best thriller I have ever seen. I have so much love for this film with great performances by Kim Bodnia, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Sofie Grabol. This film is really fucks with the audience – in a nice way.”

The Hunt

“A haunting film, masterfully written by Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg who also directs and a powerful performance from Mads Mikkelsen.”

Fanny and Alexander

“A wonderful film by Ingmar Bergman. If you haven´t seen it then watch it, now!”

International favourites


“This film is if anything even more powerful today than it was when it was released. Incredible performances from actors with a brilliant Peter Finch front and center. If Network were made today it would probably be a documentary.”

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

“David Mamet says this is his favorite film. That inspired me to watch it. He is right, it is a great film directed by Powell and Pressburger and with a lovely performance from Roger Livesey.”

The Thing

“Atmosphere is everything in this lovely re-make by John Carpenter. With great performances from a lovely cast and one of my absolute favorite soundtracks by Ennio Morricone.”

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.