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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

The Promised Land (Bastarden)

Nikolaj Arcel


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Director's Biography

Nikolaj Arcel has written a large number of screenplays, including the adaptation of the first film in the highly acclaimed Millennium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). Based on the bestselling book by Stieg Larsson, the film earned Arcel a BAFTA nomination in 2011. His feature film A Royal Affair, which he wrote and directed, won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Film in 2013. Since then, Arcel has directed The Dark Tower (2017), and has written a number of critically acclaimed films, making him one of the most sought-after writer-directors in Scandinavia. The Promised Land (2023) had its premiere in the Official Selection of the Venice International International Film Festival.

Danish, German, Swedish
Screenings :
Tue 28 / 18h00 / Salle des Ambassadeurs
Tue 28 / 18h00 / Salle des Ambassadeurs

In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out in the name of the King to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath, which is ruled by the merciless Frederik de Schinkel. When Kahlen helps the ruler’s maid Ann Barbara and her husband to escape, De Schinkel vows revenge. Risking his life, Kahlen takes up the unequal battle.

Director Nikolaj Arcel
Producer Louise Vesth, Fabian Gasmia, Lizette Jonjic
Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel
Cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk
Production Designer Jette Lehmann
Editor Oliviér Bugge Coutté
Sound Claus Lynge, Hans Christian Kock
Music Dan Romer
Colour Colour
Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Gustav Lindh, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Simon Bennebjerg

Production Company Zentropa Entertainments, Zentropa Berlin, Zentropa Sweden
International Sales Company TrustNordisk








Danish, German, Swedish