Nordicana: Nordic Noir & Beyond Live 2015 is back for another day with more thrilling events studded with the best of the Scandinavian stars.
1864, the high production value war drama from DR, has been the latest series to hail from Denmark. We sat down with the young stars of the show Jakob Oftebro, Jens Sætter-Lassen, Marie Tourell Søderberg, and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina during their appearance at the festival for their Q&A, following an exclusive screening of the series finale.
What has it been like starring in the epic historical drama 1864 and coming to Nordicana 2015 to meet your fans?
Jakob Oftebro: Great! It’s a wonderful experience. It’s nice to see that so many people over here are happy and have seen it and like the show – that’s always flattering. We worked hard to make this series and we have been through quite a lot.
Jens Sætter-Lassen: That’s why we do it: to make people like it. It’s really nice to come over here and see how much people enjoy the show.
Marie Tourell Søderberg: People here are nice. People have been so nice. It’s beautiful to meet the fans and say hi. It’s amazing to do something and just know that it lives on. It’s everywhere; you can’t really control it and it has a life of its own.
Sarah-Sofie Boussnina: It’s really nice to get to meet the people that watch it over here because in Denmark, when we make a television show, it’s a big deal that it’s shown over here on BBC Four. I can’t even believe that people in the UK are watching it. It’s strange to me but it’s really, really nice just to meet all of the people who are so happy! They bought DVDs and tickets and everything just to see us. Some people came here from Liverpool and from all over the place. That’s really nice. Also, people are so interested in the story about the history of the series which is phenomenal. We don’t really have a fan culture in Denmark so this is all new to us.
From one critically acclaimed new Nordic series to another, actress Moa Gammel from Jordskott spoke with us about the launch of the show prior to gracing our screens next week on ITV Encore.
How do you feel coming to Nordicana for the first time for the premiere of Jordskott?
Moa Gammel: It’s overwhelming. It’s amazing! People in Stockholm tried to keep it cool so you never really know if anyone has seen the show or not. But here, everyone is so passionate about Nordic shows and we didn’t know they were being watched so much in the UK. It’s really moving. We are happy at how everyone is receiving our shows.
Have you enjoyed meeting the stars of other Scandinavian TV programmes?
Moa Gammel: Yes, they’re so funny! I thought Sofie Gråbøl was going to be really strict like her character but she’s so much fun and giggly. Sofia Helin is actually a friend of mine so we have been sharing our experiences and she has been telling me about what it has been like for her at previous Nordicana festivals. I’m like the newbie here so I’m following their lead. The whole experience has been really amazing and I love London.
Swedish actor Christian Hillborg from The Bridge and gangster thriller Easy Money (2010) also attended Nordicana as a special guest. Currently living in the UK, we wondered how he felt about the festival and the Nordic celebrations.
Christian Hillborg: I think it’s really nice. It’s a sunny day but I will stay inside!
If you missed out on Nordicana 2015 – take a look at the highlights of the festival here: