The Ash Lad – In Search of the Golden Castle to open the Norwegian International Film Festival

13. June 2019

The Ash Lad — In Search of the Golden Castle, the follow-up to the box office success The Ash Lad has the honour of opening the 47th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Sunday 18 August. Once more a star-studded cast will walk the red carpet, together with director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose. 

– We are proud to be opening this year’s festival with The Ash Lad — In Search of the Golden Castle ! We are proud to be the first to screen this film and we are sure it will entertain the audience both in Haugesund and the rest of Norway, Festival Director Tonje Hardersen says.

Exceptional scenes

The Ash Lad — In Search of the Golden Castle is directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, who previously has directed the other Norwegian adventure films The Ash Lad and Ragnarok — with great success.

– It is a great honour to be allowed to open the film festival in Haugesund. We are very proud of the fantastic adventure The Ash Lad — In Search of the Golden Castle,  and look forward to show the exceptional scenes it to the audience, says Sandemose.

When the King and Queen are poisoned, brothers Per and Pål get arrested, suspected of being behind it. Younger brother Espen “Ash Lad” and Princess Kristin set out on a quest to find the mythical Soria Moria castle, which is said to be built of pure gold. In Soria Moria, there sits a well containing the Water of Life; the only thing that can cure Kristin’s parents. But some wicked Danes are also on the hunt to find the castle. If Espen and Kristin fail, it will spell the end for the brothers, the kingdom – and perhaps the entire world.

Watch the film’s trailer here.

We once again meet Vebjørn Enger and Eili Harboe in the lead roles, as Espen Ash Lad and Princess Kristin. The Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen, known for Westworld and Borgen, plays the antagonist in the film.  Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Thorbjørn Harr and Christian Skolmen also have leading roles.

The Ash Lad — In Search of the Golden Castle is produced by Maipo Film, by Synnøve Hørsdal and Åshild Ramborg. It is distributed by  Nordisk Film Distribusjon and its regular theatrical release is on 23 August.

Contact persons:

Festival Director Tonje Hardersen on cellphone: +47 928 30 559, e-mail:

Producer Åshild Ramborg, cellphone: +47 924 68 529, e-mail:

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