Generations of readers hail ‘mormor’

Norwegians young and old are fondly remembering Anne-Cath Vestly, an author who pioneered children’s books from the child’s perspective and became a sort of national grandmother in the process. She would have been 100 years old this month. In numerous articles, exhibitions and a new biography, Vestly is hailed as a pioneer and innovator of […]

Liv Ullmann hailed home in Norway

Norway’s international star of screen and stage, Liv Ullmann, came home to Norway to celebrate her 80th birthday last weekend, and was hailed both privately and officially. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those paying tribute at a special celebration at Norway’s National Theater on Sunday evening. The parties began with friends and family on […]

Actor claims Breivik ‘must be portrayed’

Anders Danielsen Lie, the Norwegian actor who portrays mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in the lastest film about Breivik’s terrorist attacks in 2011, had some clear thoughts on why he accepted the role. Lie thinks it would be wrong to ignore Breivik and refuse to discuss what he did on the island of Utøya seven […]

Acclaimed actor dies at 85

Actor Joachim Calmeyer was being mourned and hailed this week as among the “oldest and wisest” within Norwegian theater. Calmeyer died at his home at Grue in Hedmark on Monday after a short illness, at the age of 85. Calmeyer was “one of Norway’s finest actors,” both on stage and in films, wrote critic Mode […]

Critic, actor laid to rest

Funeral services were held Thursday for Pål Bang-Hansen, a former child actor who became Norway’s best-known film critic. Bang-Hansen died just before the Easter holidays, age 72. His round face, glasses and lively commentary were among Bang-Hansen’s trademarks. He spent more than 40 years working for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), mostly as a film expert. Bang-Hansen […]