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My 2016: Jakob Cedergren

Cinema Scandinavia: Across the Waters has just premiered in Denmark. What kind of preparation did you do for that role, especially considering it’s based on an actual person?

Jakob Cedergren: I spoke a lot with the director Nicolo Donato since my character is based on his grandfather. It made it much easier for me because I had so much first-hand information, plus home videos, to look at.

CS: What was it like working alongside such a strong cast?

JC: It was great working with the whole group. I’ve known a lot of them since high school. That made the experience much better.

CS: What do you hope audiences take away from your character?

 JC: I like the simplicity of the story; it’s very simply about a family on the run. They are running from people who for some absurd reason just want to kill them. In this, you just try to figure out the rules, of this reality and just try to understand the reasons why. It’s horrifying, so I hope audiences can see what it’s like in that situation.

CS: You also had a role in the Canadian film Sadie. How did that differ from Nordic film-making and can you tell us about the film and your character?

JC: It’s a dreamy story where I play a figure from the past. The film was shot in Turin in Italy, and there was no big difference in the way we all worked except there were a lot of people from many different countries, which made the whole experience more fun.

CS: We also see you on the television series The Sandham Murders. What do you feel is the biggest different between creating films and television? 

JC: When you work on a film you are working on one story and one alone. This means you know how it ends, and it is also made for theatres. In television, it is designed for the masses and always must keep an open ending, in case it continues. This means the stories can always be influenced.

CS: It seems you’ve appeared in films in all the Nordic countries. What stands out between them?

JC: What’s good about Nordic film-making is that it’s government funded by the film institutes, which keeps talent developing and a major priority. Cooperation between the Nordics has evolved in the last few years, and that’s very positive. One of the biggest challenges is the daring to go with artistic cinema and to involve people from all brinks of society and ethnicity.

CS: Where can we see you next year?

JC: At the moment I´m shooting a film called Calling. It´s under one of the government funded talent programs, New Danish Screen, and it should be ready by the fall 17.

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.