SKAM’s Tarjei Sandvik Moe heads to cinema with first role

The young Norwegian actor Tarjei Sandvik Moe has been cast in the new film by Norwegian director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond reports. 

Sandvik Moe is, of course, best known for his role of Isak Valtersen in Skam, the hit Norwegian web series followed by around 20% of the Norwegian population plus countless fans around the globe.

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken may sound familiar; he is the young Norwegian director so seems to be constantly making and releasing films. However, he is best perhaps known for Cave, which circulated film festivals last year to mixed reviews. Cave currently has a 4.2/10 on IMDb with over 1,000 votes, but it has been praised for its accuracy, and we liked it!

The Affair is described as an erotic thriller as it follows a young student (Sandvik Moe), who falls in love with his forty-four-year-old female teacher. He becomes increasingly obsessed with his teacher, which seems as though it’ll have potentially negative consequences due to the ‘thriller’ genre.

At the moment Dahlsbakken is working on several projects, including a sequel to CaveGoing West, a story about an unemployed music teacher takes his estranged transsexual father on a road trip to the west coast of Norway in order to honour his late mother’s excellent quilting skills, The Outlaws, a historical piece about two outlaws on the run, and Vandreren, about a man with a painful secret who is caught up by his past while in the Norwegian mountains. Dahlsbakken has been described as Norway’s next big director, but working on too much at once could see a lacking quality, as has been described with Cave.

The Affair is produced by Dahlsbakken’s production company FilmBros, with private investment and regional funding. It will be released in Norway in autumn 2018 (so probably screening at the Norwegian Int’l Film Festival next year).



Would you see The Affair do you think the plot (student-teacher love) is overdone?

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.