The familiar faces of Borgen and The Killing are complimented by up-and-coming Danish talent
The BBC Four premiere of DR’s high quality epic about the “forgotten war” tantalised Nordic fans with screen favourites including Lars Mikkelsen, Pilou Asbæk and Sidse Babett Knudsen. However, the fresh-faced stars were not to be overshadowed by the well-established actors. Jakob Oftebro and Jens Sætter-Lassen’s pivotal performances as the closely bonded Jensen brothers shone against the historical backdrop for all to take notice.
The relative newcomers to the Nordic Noir & Beyond scene make up the central love triangle set during the war between brothers Laust (Oftebro), Peter (Sætter-Lassen) and love interest Inge Juel (played by Marie Tourell Søderberg). The brothers’ journey from growing up in Denmark in 1851; with their father returning from serving in the three-year war to signing up to fight in the Second Schleswig War, on the infamous date of 1864.
Jakob Oftebro plays the bold and less inhibited Laust; radiating a confidence to contrast the sensitive self-effacing Peter. Jakob has appeared in the second seasons of crime dramas The Bridge (2013) and Lilyhammer (2013-2014). He has also created a big-screen presence as supporting roles in the Academy Award nominated Kon Tiki (2012) for Best Foreign Language Film and In Order of Disappearance (2014), with Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Stellan Skarsgård.
Prior to 1864, Jens Sætter-Lassen acquired small, supporting roles in an episode of Borgen (2013) season three and in ID:A (2011) with Tuva Novotny and Carsten Bjørnlund. 1864 is Jens’ break-out performance to show viewers his dramatic range as Peter deals with the emotional impact of his evolving relationships and experiencing the true horrors of combat.
Following the positive reception of 1864 from Danish viewers when the series aired on DR1 in 2014 and UK audiences on BBC Four last week, the actor’s careers continue to soar. Jakob will be seen in the next chapter in the Department Q adaptations A Conspiracy of Faith, set for a 2016 release. His starring role in the iconic miniseries has secured Jens a lead in modern regal series Kongen af Danmark, due to be released in 2017.
Jakob Oftebro and Jens Sætter-Lassen are among the celebrity guests appearing in conversation at Nordicana 2015, including fellow young actors Marie Tourell Søderberg and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina.
1864 continues on BBC Four this Saturday at 9pm
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