I recently sat down with Joachim Trier, the visionary director behind the supernatural thriller and Norway’s official foreign-language Oscar submission, Thelma. The professional skateboarder-turned-director gets in-depth as he talks about his first job working on a game show in Norway, his passion for surrealist cinema, and his surprising artistic influences (plus, who he would love to have dinner with).

Thelma opens this Friday at select Laemmle Theaters and AMC Dine-In Sunset 5.