Hilmar Reksten was the wealthiest man in Norway and a self-proclaimed emperor. A man of humble origins who became one of the biggest shipping magnates in the world, Reksten was a both beloved and controversial figure. The population of Bergen remembers him as a patriot and a philanthropist, while the rest of the country remembers him as the man who made the state put up hundreds of millions in guarantees in order to keep his company afloat - all the while having a hidden fortune stashed away abroad.
Meet director Lars Skorpen during both screenings at BIFF.
Lars Skorpen (Norway, 1960)