Even Benestad is a Norwegian film director and screenwriter best known for his work on films such as "Cold Prey" (2006) and "Frost" (2010). He is also known for his narrative style of storytelling which focuses heavily on character development and the exploration of themes such as life and death.
Benestad was born in 1971 in Norway and grew up in the small town of Raufoss. He studied film directing at the Norwegian National Film School in Oslo and graduated in 1999. His first feature-length film, "Little Big Boy", was released in 2003 to critical acclaim.
Benestad's breakthrough came with the horror-thriller "Cold Prey" (2006). The film follows a group of friends who become stranded in an abandoned ski resort and are stalked by a mysterious killer. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it established Benestad as a major figure in the Norwegian film industry.
In 2010, Benestad released "Frost", a psychological thriller set in the Arctic Circle. The film follows a group of researchers who get stranded in the Arctic and find themselves in a life and death struggle with an unknown entity. The film was praised for its atmosphere and character development, and it won several awards at the Norwegian Short Film Festival.
Benestad has continued to direct and write films and television shows, including the TV series "Those Who Kill" (2014) and the feature film "The Wave" (2015). He has also written several books, including a memoir titled "Tales from the Arctic" (2015).
In addition to directing, Benestad is also a professor at the Norwegian Film School and is a frequent guest speaker at seminars and conferences. He has also been active in promoting Norwegian film abroad and has been a jury member at several international film festivals.
Benestad's work has been praised for its emotional depth, intense atmosphere, and exploration of complex themes. He has established himself as one of the leading figures in the Norwegian film industry and continues to be a major influence in the world of cinema.