The 3 Nordic film darlings who have been dominating the Cannes red carpet

By Linnéa Pesonen

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What Renate Reinsve, Vic Carmen Sonne and Elín Hall have in common? They are all incredibly talented Scandinavian actors, taking the 2024 Cannes Film Festival by storm. Read on as we get to know these budding stars

The star-spangled 2024 Cannes Film Festival red carpet has satisfied our sartorial needs for nearly a week now, and naturally, our attention has been particularly drawn to the Nordic talent ascending the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals. Dressed to the nines and ready to showcase their latest projects, three up-and-coming Scandinavian actors – Renate Reinsve, Vic Carmen Sonne, and Elín Hall – caught our eye, gearing up for world domination.


Below, we spotlight these three exciting Nordic stars conquering the Cannes red carpet and, soon, our big screens.


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Renate Reinsve

Norwegian actor and Vogue Scandinavia alum Renate Reinsve is no newbie to the Cannes Film Festival. In fact, in 2021, Reinsve nabbed the coveted Best Actress award at the 74th edition of the event for her stellar lead performance in the poignant romance flick The Worst Person in the World. The film’s burgeoning success and its critical acclaim propelled Reinsve into a new stratosphere of fame.

This year, Reinsve arrived on the French Riviera for the premiere of her latest gig, the drama film Armand, directed by fellow Scandi Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel, the grandson of renowned Norwegian actress Liv Ullman and Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman. In Armand, Reinsve plays the feisty Elisabeth, an actor and a protective mum who finds out her son, Armand, has been involved in an incident at school involving his best friend, Jon. What unravels is a tumultuous, dark humour-infused story as Elisabeth tries to navigate the tricky situation.

Besides her impressive on-screen achievements, Reinsve is a certified style aficionado, consistently hitting the mark with her red carpet looks. Her latest appearance at Cannes was no exception, as the actor rocked up in a head-to-toe Louis Vuitton ensemble (she’s been the brand’s ambassador for a couple of years now) comprising a bedazzled, oversized T-shirt paired with a translucent maxi skirt, styled by A-list favourite Karla Welch. Completing her youthful ensemble were a pair of silver stilettos and an LV’ Camera Box’ handbag.


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Vic Carmen Sonne

“It’s as if I just jumped up from the water and happened to jump up to the carpet as The Little Mermaid,” Danish actor Vic Carmen Sonne explained her custom Louis Vuitton Cannes ensemble earlier for Vogue Scandinavia. Indeed, her ethereal white lace off-the-shoulder gown adorned with pearls evoked a sense of fantasy, her glowy makeup and ‘wet’ hair completing the stunning look.

Born in Copenhagen, Carmen Sonne first rose to prominence as Emilie in the 2016 drama film I Blodet (In the Blood). The actor has since secured roles in various acclaimed productions such as Winter Brothers, Holiday, and Godland, with her latest film, The Girl With the Needle, premiering at Cannes this year.

Centred around a young woman named Karoline (played by Carmen Sonne), who lives in 1919 Copenhagen, the crime flick sees the unemployed Karoline unexpectedly getting pregnant, leading to trouble. However, Karoline is a resilient girl, refusing to give up easily. Just as she thinks she may have found a solution, she’s sucked into an utterly horrifying world. The Guardian described The Girl With the Needle as leaving viewers with “a shiver of pure fear,” and we’re already getting goosebumps.


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Elín Hall

To have your work showcased at the Cannes Film Festival is undoubtedly a dream for most actors, and it’s one that has just come true for Icelandic actress Elín Hall. Making her debut at this year’s spectacle, Hall was in town for her new movie, When the Light Breaks, where the fresh-faced actor plays the lead role of Una. The gripping drama film, directed and written by Rúnar Rúnarsson, was shortlisted in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category.

The movie follows art student Una as she grapples with grief over a lover who passed away, all while harbouring a secret that could have catastrophic repercussions if revealed. Focusing on the fateful day when Una lost her dearest, the film delves into the complex and profound emotions of losing a loved one, offering a raw and heartfelt portrayal.

Hall has been acting since the mid-2010s, but her most renowned work, the lead role in the award-winning 2018 film Let Me Fall, is what put her on the map in Scandinavia and beyond. The budding actor also boasts a strong background in classical ballet, having trained at the National Ballet School in Iceland and later at l'École supérieure de ballet du Québec in Canada. For her very-first Cannes red carpet look, styled by Brillant Nyansago, Hall exuded the enchanting and graceful ballet universe. She donned a full Chanel ensemble, a fitting choice considering the house's deep-rooted connection to ballet, featuring a long-sleeved pale peach lace gown with a plunging neckline, teamed with a gilded Chanel quilted clutch.