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Virtual Q&A with HOPE Filmmaker Maria Sødahl and Stars Andrea Bræin Hovig & Stellan Skarsgård


Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 PM EST

Moderated by Danielle Ofri, Editor-in-Chief of the BLR

Watch Q&A live for free on our YouTube Channel.

A graduate of Denmark’s National Film School, Maria Sødahl has amassed critical acclaim for her work on numerous television dramas, documentaries, and short films. Sødahl made her feature debut with the self-written LIMBO in 2010, first premiering at the opening of the 2010 Norwegian International Film Festival-Haugesund. The film garnered five Amanda Awards out of a total ten nominations and earned her the title of Best Director at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival. HOPE marks Sødahl’s return to cinema after a nine-year hiatus.

Since graduating from the Norwegian National Academy of theater in 1998, Andrea Bræin Hovig has established herself as a thoughtful, dynamic actress in both film and television. Her performance in HOPE earned her Best Female Lead and Best Actress at the 2020 Kanoprisen and Amanda Awards, respectively. She previously appeared in DISCO (2019), BEWARE OF CHILDREN (2019), THE BIRDCATCHER (2019), AN AFFAIR (2018), ALL THE BEAUTY (2016), and I BELONG (2012).

A star in every country, Stellan Skarsgård has delivered classic performances in numerous international films and television series. Since breaking onto the scene as Jay Nyman in Lars von Trier’s 1996 film BREAKING THE WAVES, Skarsgård has seen his share of success, starring in hits such as Chernobyl (2019), MAMMA MIA (2008 & 2018), MELANCHOLIA (2011), GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (2007), DANCER IN THE DARK (2000), and GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997), among many others.

Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri is the editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. She has been a practicing physician at Bellevue Hospital for more than two decades and is a clinical professor of medicine at NYU. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times. Her newest book is When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.

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All HOPE photos by Agnete Brun.

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