Egil Håskjold Larsen (born 12 October 1955) is a Norwegian director and producer with a long career in the film and television industry. He is best known for his work on the films “Kon-Tiki” (2012), “Max Manus” (2008), and “Elling” (2001).
Larsen was born in Tromsø, Norway and studied at the Norwegian Film School in 1979. After graduating, he began working as an assistant director for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). He directed his first film, “Karens jul” in 1984, and in 1989 he directed “Sole”, which won him the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Larsen's most successful film to date is “Kon-Tiki”, which was released in 2012. The film tells the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic 4,300-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean on a primitive raft. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.
In 2008, Larsen released “Max Manus”, a biopic about the Norwegian resistance fighter of the same name. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $20 million at the box office. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.
In addition to his feature films, Larsen has also directed numerous television series, including “Nytt på nytt” (1996-present), “Hotel Cæsar” (1998-present), and “Kampen for tilværelsen” (2003-2007).
Larsen has received numerous awards for his work, including the Amanda Award for Best Film (for “Kon-Tiki”), the Edda Award for Best Director (for “Max Manus”), and the Amanda Award for Best Television Series (for “Hotel Cæsar”).
Egil Håskjold Larsen is an accomplished filmmaker and an important figure in the Norwegian film industry. Through his powerful and thought-provoking films, he has demonstrated his commitment to telling stories that are both entertaining and meaningful.