Director Erik Poppe

Global Cinema Series Screens Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice

June 7, 2017 A Special Projects Committee Event

A relatively unknown moment in modern history is examined in Director Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice.

The film recalls three days in 1940 when Norway’s King Haakon VII faced a moral decision about whether or not to cooperate with the invading German army. Greatly outnumbered and facing almost certain defeat, Norwegians, following their King’s choice, broke all rules of international diplomacy and warfare.

The King’s Choice was the Norwegian submission for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2017 Academy Awards and made its U.S. premiere at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival in the “Best of Fest” section.

Following the Special Projects Committee’s Global Cinema Series screening in the DGA Theater in Los Angeles on June 7, Poppe discussed the challenges of making The King’s Choice in a conversation moderated by Global Cinema Subcommittee Chair Victoria Hochberg (The Chris Isaak Show).

Poppe’s other directorial works include the award-winning features 1,000 Times Good Night, Troubled Water and Hawaii, Oslo.

You can listen to Poppe's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find all DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Shane Karns - Print Courtesy of Paradox

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