Askel Hennie in HEADHUNTERS, a Magnet Release directed by Morten Tyldum. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
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Also Known As: Head Hunters
Opened: 04/27/2012 Limited
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Genre: Norwegian/German Drama
Rated: R for for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity.
HEADHUNTERS stars the talented Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway's most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man.
HEADHUNTERS is based on Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller from 2008.
"A gem -- it sets the bar for quality genre thrillers" - Twitchfilm
"Moves at top speed, bound to be a crowd-pleaser" - Screen International
"Snappy and smart" - Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
"Purely entertaining, refreshingly unique." - Jason Gargano, Cincinnati City Beat
"A shart heist flick with tricks up it's sleeves" "Cutthroat with a smile" "Thrilling right up to the end" - Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"It's all pays off. Crowd pleasing and doesn't pander" - Drew McWeeny, Hitfix
"An incredibly taut thriller. Immaculately paced and conceived beautifully." - Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit
"A true nail biter that pleases from first to last frame" - Travis Keune, We Are Movie Geeks
About the Cast
Aksel Hennie (Roger Brown)
Aksel is one of Norway's most popular and profiled actors, last seen in Max Manus (2008) and A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010). Aksel Hennie has received the Best Norwegian Actor award at both the Amanda Awards and the Kosmorama Film Festival, and has made his mark at a number of international festivals as well. He's had an impressive career in theatre and film, most recently in the upcoming British film Age of Heroes, directed by Adrian Vitoria.
Aksel has played the lead in a number of Norwegian films, including Jonny Vang (2003), Buddy (2003), Hawaii, Oslo (2004) and Uno (2004), on which he also served as screenwriter and director. His career took off in earnest after Jonny Vang, and with the blockbuster Buddy, directed by HEADHUNTERS director Morten Tyldum, he established himself as the most popular young actor in Norway. Attracting excellent reviews and a selling 280 000 tickets during its theatrical run, Buddy became a huge success in Norway. It went on to win the audience award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and was the bestselling Norwegian film internationally the same year.
"To me, Aksel was the only candidate for the lead in HEADHUNTERS. We're making a breathtaking suspense thriller in Jo Nesbo's spirit, and needed an actor with an exceptional register. Aksel is an extremely skilled actor, and has all the necessary qualities to shape the role. Ever since we made "Buddy" together, we've been looking for a project we both could work on, and with HEADHUNTERS, we finally succeeded." -- Morten Tyldum, Director
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Clas Greve)
Nikolaj is one of Denmark's most successful international actors. He gained international recognition when he played the lead in the American TV series "New Amsterdam" (2008). Along with his role in HEADHUNTERS, he also stars in the critically acclaimed HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau grew up in a small village in southern Zealand before being bit by the acting bug at Naestved College. He pressed forward with his acting dream at the National School of Theatre in Copenhagen, and his film debut came with the lead in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch (1994), which led to an immediate breakthrough both in Denmark and internationally. His ambition of acting in international productions was realised with parts in major films like Black Hawk Down (2001), Wimbledon (2004) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005), before the role of John Amsterdam in the Fox TV series happened. In Norway, he's previously played a key character in The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008).
Synnove Macody Lund (Diana Brown)
Synnove is a journalist and former model. HEADHUNTERS marks her debut as an actor. A very extensive round of casting was required before realizing that Synnove would be perfect for the part.
Eivind Sander (Ove Kikerud)
Eivind has previously participated in films such as Varg Veum VII -- Writing on the Wall (2010), Hidden (2009), Trigger (2006), Restless (2006), Buddy and Jonny Vang. He has also had major roles in Norwegian TV drama and comedy series.
About the Filmmakers
Morten Tyldum (Director)
"TI wish to entertain, move and spark reflection with HEADHUNTERS. It's a film with a huge story to tell, but remains unafraid to make you laugh or gasp in suspense. It's a genre movie that wants to do more than be forgotten as soon as the popcorn has been eaten and you've left the theatre.T" -- Morten Tyldum, Director
Morten Tyldum is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and worked at the youth desk of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) for several years, where he was one of several new TV directors who helped define the new visual language of television in the early 1990s.
His first film was the short Fast Forward (2000) with Aksel Hennie and Nicolai Cleve Broch in the leading roles, but his real breakthrough as director came with Buddy in 2003. The film reached an impressive 280 000 admissions in Norway alone. Buddy introduced a new generation of actors to younger audiences, and was a turning point in recent Norwegian film history.
Morten's second film, Fallen Angels, was meant to be the last chapter in the Varg Veum film series. Fallen Angels was nominated for five Amanda Awards in 2008, and impressively, with almost 130 000 admissions, attracted a bigger audience than the first film in the series.
Morten is a highly sought-after commercial director, and is a partner and director in the production company Einar film og fortellinger (see einarfilm.no for a selection of his films). His confident style and talent for action and humor has made him the director of choice for some of the most expensive and influential commercials ever produced in Norway.
Jo Nesbo (Writer)
With his internationally acclaimed crime novels about Police Inspector Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo has had an astounding success, captivating everyone from critics to booksellers and readers. He has received a number of awards for his books, which have been translated to 35 languages, published in 140 countries and sold close to 2 million copies in Norway alone. Nesbo has been lauded by international critics for having expanded framework of the modern crime novel, and is today regarded as one of the foremost European writers in the genre. In Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet's selection of the best Norwegian crime novels of all time, Nesbo was the undisputed readers' favourite. Not only did he gain the three top rankings, all his eight books were among the thirteen best (source: www.jonesbo.com).
Jo Nesbo went straight to # 1 on the British bestseller-chart receiving excellent reviews -- Among others from The Guardian, who also compares Jo Nesbo to Stieg Larsson. Nesbo is only the second translated author ever to top the chart.
John Andreas Andersen (Cinematographer)
John is a well-established cinematographer and received an Amanda Award for his work on Upperdog in 2010. Other notable films on his CV include The King of Devil's Island (2010), Babycall (2011), Restless, Next Door (2005), Uno and Buddy.
Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg (Screenplay)
Lars Gudmestad is a screenwriter for film and television. He has written several feature films, including Buddy, Mirush (2008), Fatso (2008) and Cold Prey III (2010).
Ulf Ryberg, based in Sweden, is also a screenwriter for film and television. His scripts include the third film in the Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the Swedish TV series Lasermannen and the Wallander episode Darkness.