The Last King

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Norway | 2015 | 100 minutes | Nils Gaup

June 17 - 23, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Set in the vast snowy wilderness of 11th-century Norway, this epic adventure tale, based on historical legend, is like "Game of Thrones" on skis, as two members of a warrior clan race to protect their infant heir to the throne. Grab your popcorn and get ready for red-bearded, hairy-chested, fur-clad action featuring swordfights on skis, breathtaking chase scenes on skis, archery battles on skis—plus sweeping vistas and an adorable baby in a backpack.

Aided by rebel group the Birch Legs, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church’s Bishopsmen, who seek to supplant the throne. On his deathbed after falling ill, the King soon welcomes a son, born in secrecy, as half the Kingdom wants him dead. Tasked with guarding the only remaining heir to the throne, two Birch Legs warriors (including the great Kristofer Hivju, aka Tormund Giantsbane from "Game of Thrones"), escape with the infant and must traverse treacherous landscapes to protect their future King.

  • Original Language Title: Birkebeinerne
  • Director: Nils Gaup
  • Principal Cast: Thorbjorn Harr, Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Pal Sverre Hagen
  • Country: Norway
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP