Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg to receive CinemaCon International Filmmakers of the Year Award

Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will receive the coveted CinemaCon International Filmmakers of the Year Award next month in the United States of America.

The award is handed out during CinemaCon, the largest cinema trade show in the world.

Rønning and Sandberg are childhood friends turned Hollywood directors. The two started with Max Manus: Man of War in 2009, which is the most-seen Norwegian film in cinemas, and burst onto the big screen in 2012 with the Norwegian film Kon TikiThey are about to break into Hollywood with their upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mean Tell No Tales, which is due for international release in May.

After Pirates is released, Sandberg is coming back to Norway to direct the biopic Roald Amundsen for the directors’ joint production company Motion Blur. The film is based on the legendary explorer and comes from a script by Ravn Lanesskog. Rønning has various U.S. projects lined up, including the high concept sci-fi Origin.



Watch the trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

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.