The Last King

Wed 6 July / Cinemobile / 17.152015 / Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland / 98min
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“…get ready for swordfights on skis, breathtaking chase scenes on skis […] sweeping, snowy, Warren Miller-like vistas […] all wrapped up in this two-fisted, red-bearded, hairy-chested, fur-clad hunk of history.” — Seattle IFF

The year is 1204. Norway is torn apart by a Civil war. With the help of the Birch Legs, the Norwegian king is fighting for survival against the church’s Bishopsmen, who will use any means available to obtain victory. While the king is on his death bed, his only remaining heir is under guard in secret: a boy who half the kingdom wants dead, but two men will sacrifice everything to protect. The two Birch Legs warriors Skjervald and Torstein set on a perilous journey through the harsh Norwegian winter landscape in order to rescue the two-year-old future king from a terrible fate

Official selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Miami International Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Seattle International Film Festival 2016

Director Nils Gaup
Cast Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Pål Sverre Hagen, Thorbjørn Harr, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Script Ravn Laneskog
Producers Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae, Jackie Larkin & Lesley McKimm