Denmark, 2010, 113’, in Danish, Swedish and English with English Subtitles
With: Michael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen
The story traces elements from a refugee camp in Africa to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. Yet loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.
Susanne Bier is one of the most prominent Danish film directors of today. The One and Only (1999) adheres to the few most widely seen films in Danish cinemas ever. The Dogme film Open Hearts (2002), was selected for San Sebastian, Sundance, and Toronto where it received Special Mention, while Brothers (2004), received the Audience Award at Sundance and Best Acting awards at San Sebastian. For her opus After the Wedding (2006), Bier received an Academy Award nomination. She later won the Oscar for In a Better World (2010) and a string of other awards. She has directed the American-produced Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro and is now wrapping up her newest feature, Selena¸ with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.