Aksel Hennie

Aksel Hennie (born 29 October 1975) is a Norwegian actor, director and writer. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for graffiti, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the police. This personal story contributed much of the background for the movie Uno. The conviction against Hennie was in fact one of the first such cases in Norway. Hennie was admitted to the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre after applying four times. He graduated in 2001, and has since acted both at Teatret Vårt in Molde (2001–2002) and at Oslo Nye Teater (2002–), where he has been in plays such as Hamlet, and Kvinnen som giftet seg med en kalkun (English: The woman who married a turkey). His main success, however, has been as a film actor. He made his debut starring in the feature film Jonny Vang in 2003. Though the director, Jens Lien, originally thought Hennie was too young for the role, the actor convinced him he was the right man for the film. The same year he also acted in the movies Buddy and Ulvesommer, and the next year he made his debut as a director and writer with the movie Uno, in which he also acted. For this film Hennie, and his co-star Nicolai Cleve Broch, went into hard physical training for six months to perform convincingly as bodybuilders. He won the Amanda Award – the main Norwegian film award – for "Best Direction" for the movie ...

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Headhunters (2011)

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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  •  Synnøve Macody Lund  •  Julie R. Ølgaard

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  •  Synnøve Macody Lund  •  Julie R. Ølgaard

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

After serving a 12-year sentence for killing the man that slept with his wife, a man ponders whether he should try and reconcile with his family, or take revenge on those who turned him in.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Petter Moland
CAST:  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Gard B. Eidsvold  •  Jorunn Kjellsby

After serving a 12-year sentence for killing the man that slept with his wife, a man ponders whether he should try and reconcile with his family, or take revenge on those who turned him in.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Petter Moland
CAST:  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Gard B. Eidsvold  •  Jorunn Kjellsby

Anolit (2002)

A circling roadmovie told from the back seat of a styled BMW.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefan Faldbakken
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Ane Dahl Torp  •  Anders Baasmo Christiansen  •  Jan Gunnar Røise

A circling roadmovie told from the back seat of a styled BMW.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefan Faldbakken
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Ane Dahl Torp  •  Anders Baasmo Christiansen  •  Jan Gunnar Røise

Kurt Turns Evil (2009)

One day Kurt discovers that society basically does not respect forklift operators very much. His wife is an ambitious architect. His neighbor is a medical doctor. Not even Kurt's own kids seem to be very happy about their father's occupation. Even if Kurt is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rasmus A. Sivertsen
CAST:  Atle Antonsen  •  Kristin Skogheim  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Anders Bye

One day Kurt discovers that society basically does not respect forklift operators very much. His wife is an ambitious architect. His neighbor is a medical doctor. Not even Kurt's own kids seem to be very happy about their father's occupation. Even if Kurt is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rasmus A. Sivertsen
CAST:  Atle Antonsen  •  Kristin Skogheim  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Anders Bye

Pioneer (2013)

Pioneer is set in the early '80s, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erik Skjoldbjærg
CAST:  Wes Bentley  •  Stephen Lang  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Jonathan LaPaglia

Pioneer is set in the early '80s, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erik Skjoldbjærg
CAST:  Wes Bentley  •  Stephen Lang  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Jonathan LaPaglia

90 Minutes (2012)

Director Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch) reveals the rage and violence lurking beneath seemingly tranquil domesticity in her bold and uncompromising sophomore feature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eva Sørhaug
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Pia Tjelta  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Mads Ousdal

Director Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch) reveals the rage and violence lurking beneath seemingly tranquil domesticity in her bold and uncompromising sophomore feature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eva Sørhaug
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Pia Tjelta  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Mads Ousdal

Wolf Summer (2003)

The young Norwegian girl Kim almost gets killed after falling from a hillside. She finds shelter and stumbles upon the territory of a wolf and her puppy. She barricades herself, but as time passes she finds the wolf less and less frightening. When she finds out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peder Norlund
CAST:  Jørgen Langhelle  •  Line Verndal  •  Samuel Fröler  •  Niklas James Knudsen

The young Norwegian girl Kim almost gets killed after falling from a hillside. She finds shelter and stumbles upon the territory of a wolf and her puppy. She barricades herself, but as time passes she finds the wolf less and less frightening. When she finds out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peder Norlund
CAST:  Jørgen Langhelle  •  Line Verndal  •  Samuel Fröler  •  Niklas James Knudsen

Tell Me Not to Worry (2004)

Smith is searching for his guiding star. For centuries his expeditions have been in vain. But then one night, just as he's about to give up, the star emerges - on the night sky above his bed. But the festivities are cut short, when Smith discovers the star is just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Jacobsen  •  Maria Trovatten
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Richard Sveen

Smith is searching for his guiding star. For centuries his expeditions have been in vain. But then one night, just as he's about to give up, the star emerges - on the night sky above his bed. But the festivities are cut short, when Smith discovers the star is just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Jacobsen  •  Maria Trovatten
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Richard Sveen

Cry in the Woods (2004)

An unfortunate bank robber takes an escaped mental patient, wanted for murder, as hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erich Hörtnagl
CAST:  Lars Bom  •  Kristoffer Joner  •  Laila Goody  •  Stig Henrik Hoff

An unfortunate bank robber takes an escaped mental patient, wanted for murder, as hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erich Hörtnagl
CAST:  Lars Bom  •  Kristoffer Joner  •  Laila Goody  •  Stig Henrik Hoff

Bloody Angels (1998)

A few months after a girl with developmental disabilities is murdered in the remote village Høtten, the two young men who most townsfolk think killed her go missing. A police detective is sent to investigate and finds this very challenging.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Julsrud
CAST:  Reidar Sørensen  •  Jon Øigarden  •  Gaute Skjegstad  •  Trond Høvik

A few months after a girl with developmental disabilities is murdered in the remote village Høtten, the two young men who most townsfolk think killed her go missing. A police detective is sent to investigate and finds this very challenging.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Julsrud
CAST:  Reidar Sørensen  •  Jon Øigarden  •  Gaute Skjegstad  •  Trond Høvik

Through a Glass, Darkly (2008)

A moving, magic and playful story about a young girl who, at the end of her life, learns to accept death and understands how wonderful life really is. The script is based on the novel by Jostein Gaarder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesper W. Nielsen
CAST:  Marie Haagenrud  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Trine Wiggen  •  Mads Ousdal

A moving, magic and playful story about a young girl who, at the end of her life, learns to accept death and understands how wonderful life really is. The script is based on the novel by Jostein Gaarder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesper W. Nielsen
CAST:  Marie Haagenrud  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Trine Wiggen  •  Mads Ousdal

Uno (2004)

Best friends David and Morten work as gym instructors at Jarle's gym. Jarle is a sadistic small-time criminal whom, together with his son Lars, purchase and distribute anabolic steroids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aksel Hennie
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Espen Juul Kristiansen

Best friends David and Morten work as gym instructors at Jarle's gym. Jarle is a sadistic small-time criminal whom, together with his son Lars, purchase and distribute anabolic steroids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aksel Hennie
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Bjørn Floberg  •  Espen Juul Kristiansen

Cold Lunch (2008)

Bird droppings on a work shirt lead to extreme unintended consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eva Sørhaug
CAST:  Ane Dahl Torp  •  Pia Tjelta  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Bjørn Floberg

Bird droppings on a work shirt lead to extreme unintended consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eva Sørhaug
CAST:  Ane Dahl Torp  •  Pia Tjelta  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Bjørn Floberg

Jonny Vang (2003)

Three friends since childhood are trying to work out their complicated relationships. Jonny tries to be best friends with Magnus, Magnus tries to be married to Tuva, and Tuva tries to have sex with Jonny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jens Lien
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Laila Goody  •  Fridtjov Såheim  •  Marit Andreassen

Three friends since childhood are trying to work out their complicated relationships. Jonny tries to be best friends with Magnus, Magnus tries to be married to Tuva, and Tuva tries to have sex with Jonny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jens Lien
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Laila Goody  •  Fridtjov Såheim  •  Marit Andreassen

Buddy (2003)

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls to pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Anders Baasmo Christiansen  •  Pia Tjelta

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls to pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Anders Baasmo Christiansen  •  Pia Tjelta

Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of World War II in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Agnes Kittelsen  •  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Knut Joner

Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of World War II in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Aksel Hennie  •  Agnes Kittelsen  •  Nicolai Cleve Broch  •  Knut Joner

Hawaii, Oslo (2004)

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. They are having their first child, who they are told will not live long. We ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erik Poppe
CAST:  Trond Espen Seim  •  Jan Gunnar Røise  •  Evy Kasseth Røsten  •  Stig Henrik Hoff

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. They are having their first child, who they are told will not live long. We ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erik Poppe
CAST:  Trond Espen Seim  •  Jan Gunnar Røise  •  Evy Kasseth Røsten  •  Stig Henrik Hoff

Hercules (2014)

Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Ian McShane  •  John Hurt  •  Rufus Sewell

Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Ian McShane  •  John Hurt  •  Rufus Sewell

Last Knights (2015)

When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuaki Kiriya
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo

When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuaki Kiriya
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Aksel Hennie  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo

The Martian (2015)

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Jeff Daniels

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Jeff Daniels
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