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My 2016: Jakob Oftebro

Cinema Scandinavia: This year was saw you in The Last King, which is based on a major part of Norway’s history. Did you have to do a lot of research for the role, and what was it like working alongside Kristofer Hivju?

Jakob Oftebro: Both Kristofer and I read a lot about the period and the Birkebeinerne, the king’s chosen men. We had to do a lot of training for the film as well; standing on wooden skis, though we are both Norwegian, isn’t exactly our speciality! Fencing and shooting with a bow . . .

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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.