Recently, Culturally Obsessed’s Jennifer Ortega interviewed director Espen Sandberg about his new film AMUNDSEN: THE GREATEST EXPEDITION. Sandberg’s past directorial credits include KON-TIKI and PIRATE’S OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. From Norway himself, Sandberg was naturally drawn to telling the story of one of Norway’s most prominent and controversial personalities, Roald Amundsen. Amundsen was the world’s most famous polar explorer and the first to reach the South Pole. “Everyone knows the story of the race to the South Pole, including the outcome. But hardly anyone knows the story of Roald Amundsen, the human being. This is a challenge I approach with no small sense of awe – but also with a great deal of joy.”
Sandberg chose to tell Amundsen’s story through “a similar structure that was used in AMADEUS, where the story of Mozart is narrated from the perspective of his rival Salieri, allowing us to get to know an exceptional character through the eyes of someone else. Roald Amundsen was also a man who eventually betrayed even his own brother. And it is through his brother Leon that we get to know Roald.” AMUNDSEN stars PÅL SVERRE HAGEN (KON-TIKI) as Roald Amundsen, CHRISTIAN RUBECK (MILLIONS) as Leon Amundsen, KATHERINE WATERSTON (FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD) as Bess Magids.
AMUNDSEN: THE GREATEST EXPEDITION just opened in Virtual Cinemas and on VOD.
SYNOPSIS: Roald Amundsen’s dream of reaching the North Pole haunts him throughout his life. He is obsessed with the idea of discovering lands in the last uncharted areas of the world. Roald wins the race against Robert Scott and becomes the first man ever to conquer the South Pole, but in his diary he writes: “Never has a man stood in a spot so diametrically opposed to where he truly wanted to be.”
AMUNDSEN portrays his all-consuming, boundless drive as a polar explorer, and reveals the tragedy he brought on himself and others by sacrificing everything in these icy wastelands to achieve his dream – only to find out there was nothing on the North Pole to discover.