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Erik Skjoldbjærg Interview (Insomnia)


Erik Skjoldbjærg is a Norwegian filmmaker best known for his debut film, the critically acclaimed Insomnia. His body of work includes the Elizabeth Wurtzel adaptation, Prozac Nation, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and the historically-based Nokas.

Erik was in Toronto to screen his latest film, Pioneer, at the Toronto International Film Festival. We invited him to our studio at OCAD U to discuss Norwegian cinema, the historical basis of his last two films and the style of his films.



This interview was released in July of 2014.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, and his written work includes numerous video essays, investigating formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.