Erik Poppe (born 24 June 1960) is a Norwegian film director, former cinematographer and press photographer. Poppe started his career as a photographer for the newspaper Verdens Gang and Reuters, covering domestic news as well as international conflicts all over the world.
He was awarded by the Norwegian press association and World Press Photo. He graduated as a cinematographer at the Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden in 1991 and have conducted several artistic and directorial research programs between 2001 and 2010.
Since 2011 he has been a research fellow as a part of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and a Associated Professor at HIL, Lillehammer University College/The Norwegian Film School. He worked as Director of Photography on several features, as well as EGGS by Bent Hamer. Erik Poppe was awarded with the Kodak Award at the Moscow IFF (1994) and won the Cinematographer of the year award in Norway in 1995. The same year as he announced his end of work as Director of Photography. Erik Poppes directorial commercial works has awarded him with several Clios, Lion in Cannes, EPICA, EuroBest and several national awards.
Troubled Water from 2008 (aka deUSYNLIGE) is the third part of his multi-awarded Oslo Trilogy, after his directorial debut with Schpaaa (aka Bunch Of Five) in 1998 and Hawaii, Oslo in 2004. His trilogy has participated in key festivals, and received prizes such as the Berlinale Panorama, The Vesuvio Prize at Napoli International Film Festival, Norwegian entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Festroia in Portugal for Best Directing, Silver Dolphin in Festroia, Nordic Ministerie Councils Award for The Best Nordic Feature, ecumenical awards and several other prizes.
Troubled Water made history at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2008 by being the first feature ever to win both the festival's Golden Starfish for Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award.
1000 Times Good Night (aka Tusen Ganger God Natt) was his first English-language film. It opened in Norway in October 2013 and had its international release in 2014. It won the jury's Special Grand Prix at Montreal Int. Film Festival and was sold to over fifty territories worldwide.
Erik Poppe received the Norwegian Film Critics' Award for both Hawaii, Oslo in 2005, Troubled Water in 2009 and for A Thousand Times Good Nigh in 2014 - as they all were voted as last year's Best Feature. His lates film The King’s Choice opened wi