Last month Wim Wenders won a honoray Golden Bear at the Berlin Fim Festival – the script was written by Norwegian screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen.
Norwegian screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen made his debut with the stage play Silkematt produced by Norwegian National Theatre in 2000. Johannessen is by education a Marine Engineer and has worked many years as a research scientist and developer of environmental technology.
His main focus since then has been towards feature film and television, including Norwegian as well as International titles such as Bastard (2006), directed by Marius Holst; Nowhere man (2008), directed by Patrice Toye, which was awarded the Sundance NHK International Filmmakers Award in 2006 and the critically acclaimed comedy drama series Trial of Life (2014), written with Per Schreiner and Erlend Loe for Norwegian television (NRK) and which was nominated for the 2014 Prix Europa.
Johannessen’s upcoming work includes feature film Dirk Ohm – The Disappearing Illusionist (2015) directed by Bobbie Peers as well as feature film The Pyromaniac which will be directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg in 2015.
His most actual achievement is writing the original screenplay to Oscar nominated director Wim Wenders’ awaited 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. The film had its premiering at the year’s Berlin International Film Festival last month.
Bjørn Olaf Johannessen met Wim Wenders at the Sundance Film Festival in USA in 2006. That turned out to be the beginning of a cooperation which resulted in the drama Everything will be fine. This is one of eight feature films which have received funds from the Swedish Film Institute.