Max von Sydow
Born on April 10th, 1929
From Lund, Sweden
This biopic centers on Knut Hamsun (Max von Sydow), a celebrated author in his native Norway. When fascism sweeps through Germany in the 1930s, the writer shocks his countrymen by allying himself with Hitler. Hamsun's wife, Marie (Ghita Nørby), also joins the Nazi cause, and goes so far as to tour in Germany, hosting public speaking engagements in the country. After the war ends, the author and his wife are further vilified in Norway, and ultimately sentenced for crimes against the state.
Learning of a plot by disgruntled KGB agents to kill the Soviet General Secretary, the CIA sends retired agent Stoner (Tom Skerritt) to the Soviet Union to determine the truth of the assassination rumors. After confirming that a group of men led by Tulayev (Tom Bell) is preparing to strike, Stoner turns to his former girlfriend Anna (Helen Mirren) for help. The KGB sends ex-agent Szaz (Max von Sydow) to kill Stoner, but instead the two spies join forces to stop the shooting.
Love develops between a provincial stationmaster's (Ole Ernst) dying wife (Tammi Øst) and a newcomer (Kurt Ravn) to their small community.