Atle Antonsen and director Arild Fröhlich are both best known for humour in film and on television. The two have worked together before, most famously in the Doctor Proctor films. This time they take on a more serious project, and Grand Hotel is a melancholic drama with some comedic elements thrown into the mix.

Antonsen stars as Axel Farstad, an alcoholic with a failing liver and a longing to go back to what he used to be. Previously a successful author with bestselling novels, he has let his emotions overpower him, and . . .

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