Leading what she thinks is an ordinary life, 15 year-old Sophie receives an anonymous letter with one essential question : “Who are you ?” She continues to receive more letters until one day she meets her correspondent; Alberto Knox, who becomes her friend and teacher in philosophy. At the same time, Sophie mysteriously keeps getting post cards addressed to Hilde, a young girl. Alberto and Sophie travel through time and space, meeting many famous thinkers and artists, including Socrates, Shakespeare and Leonardo Da Vinci. Sophie always returns home after her many travels, where the letters addressed to Hilde pile up. One day, in a cabin in the forest close to her house, she discovers that she and Hilde look exactly alike. In a magic mirror on the wall, she can sense Hilde’s presence and realises there is another life beyond hers. Who am I and where do I come from ? In 1991, a Norwegian philosophy professor, Jostein Gaarder, wrote an answer in the form of a book called Sophie’s World. The novel became an international best-seller, with 14 million copies sold and translated into 46 languages. Now director Erik Gustavson (The Telegraphist) has adapted this global phenomenon into a captivating fantasy movie. With Silje Storstein, chosen from among 4000 girls, as Sophie Amundson and Tomas von Brömsen (My Life as a Dog, All Things Fair) as Alberto Knox. Photography by Kjell Vassdal (Chasing the Kidney Stone, Junk Mail).

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