Roenberg

Roenberg was a partnership between Norwegian film directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. They are best known for directing Kon-Tiki (2012), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Early life and careerEdit

In the 1980s, Espen Sandberg and his childhood friend Joachim Rønning spent their free time making short films with Rønning's father's 30-pound home video camera.

In 1992 the duo attended Stockholm Film School in Sweden, and graduated in 1994. In 1995 they founded their own company. They called it "Roenberg", a portmanteau of their last names. Sandberg and Rønning established themselves in the American market with their spots for Capital One, Labatt's and especially with their USA Today Super Bowl 2001 Viewer's Poll-winning spot Rex for Budweiser. Together with fellow Norwegian director, Harald Zwart, they own and run Motion Blur, a production house for commercials. Founded in 2002 it is now one of the largest and most award-winning productions companies in Scandinavia.[1]

2006–2017Edit

In 2006, the duo directed the French-produced comedy western Bandidas in Mexico starring Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz, it tells the tale of two very different women who become a bank robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorising their town. In Norway, Rønning and Sandberg best known for directing the 2008 blockbuster movie Max Manus: Man of War with Aksel Hennie in the leading role, the story follows Manus (Aksel Hennie) from the Winter War against the Soviet Union, through the outbreak of World War II and the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany until peacetime in 1945. In the same year they won Lions at Cannes for their Hydro Commercials Train Loop.[1]

In 2012, Sandberg and Rønning were concerned with a new big movie about Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki expedition. The development of this new film was shown in an exhibition at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo. The film was released in 2012 with great reviews, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 83% of the critics gave a positive review. The site's consensus is: "A well-crafted retelling of an epic true story, Kon Tiki is a throwback to old-school adventure filmmaking that's exciting and entertaining in spite of its by-the-book plotting" and went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards[2] and 70th Golden Globe Awards,[3] and was also nominated for several other high-profile awards such as Satellite Awards[4] and Norwegian Amanda Award[5]

In 2013, it was announced that the duo were expected to direct the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean which was released in 2017 titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.[6]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dag 1 Short film
2006 Bandidas Director
2008 Max Manus: Man of War Director Nominated- Amanda Award for Best Direction (shared with Joachim Rønning)
2012 Kon-Tiki Director (Award and Nominations shared with Joachim Rønning)
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Directors to watch[5]
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated- Amanda Award for Best Direction
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2012 Seile sin egen sjø Documentary
2014 Marco Polo Director TV Series
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Director

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Joachim Rønning". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  2. ^ "Oscar nominations announced in LA". 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ Finke, Nikki (24 April 2007). "lasse_hallstrom.jpg". Archived from the original on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ "2016 Winners & Nominees - Categories - International Press Academy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  5. ^ a b "Espen Sandberg". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (29 May 2013). "'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Land 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'". Archived from the original on 19 June 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.