New Danish Feature Films
Thomas Vinterberg, 2020
There’s a theory that we should be born with a share of alcohol in our blood. That modest intoxication opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all tired high school teachers, embark on an experiment to uphold a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.
Jens Dahl, 2020
The film is a modern spin on survival horror. In a stem cell facility, women and their unborn children are treated like animals for wealthy clients to obtain eternal youth. The film explores the darker sides of biohacking and features an unconventional love story that focuses on women’s rights to own their sexuality without shame.
Niels Arden Oplev, 2019
A story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals, including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again.
The Day We Died
Ole Christian Madsen, 2020
In an icy cold Europe, people are slowly moving on after the shocking terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. In Copenhagen, the newly released criminal Omar has his agenda. Meanwhile, filmmaker Finn, Jewish watchman Dan and the worn-out action force officer Rico live their various everyday lives unaware of their common destiny.
Jesper W. Nielsen, 2020
Iben, Malene, Anne-Lise and Camilla are four women working together, in a daily routine marked by power struggles, whispers and alliances. When Iben and Malene each receive death threats, they start to suspect a Serbian war criminal, whom they have been writing articles about. However, when a case of bullying in the office escalates, they slowly begin to wonder if the evil comes from themselves.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2020
Amin, a high-achieving academic, is getting married to his long-time boyfriend, but first he needs to tell the secrets he has kept for 25 years. Amin fled Afghanistan as a child and then spent five years in hiding in post-communist Russia, before reaching the safe shores of Denmark at the age of 16, alone. Terrified to tell his real story, living under the fake cover story fabricated by his human traffickers, he now wants to start a new chapter, craving an honest life.
The Good Traitor
Christina Rosendahl, 2020
A story of one man’s impassioned resistance to the Nazis as World War II threatens to engulf all of Europe. In 1939, Henrik Kauffmann is serving his post in Washington as the Danish Ambassador to the United States. When German troops invade and occupy Denmark, Kauffman declares himself to be the only true representative of a free Denmark in opposition to the Nazis.
Michael Wikke, Steen Rasmussen, 2019
Video games are Viggo's whole life. But one day when a goose crashes on his balcony and it turns out it can talk, Viggo’s life is changed forever. The goose is desperate to get back to his flock but has a broken wing, so Viggo is forced to step up and help his newfound friend.
Into the Darkness
Anders Refn, 2020
Through a family and the relation between father and son, the film describes the dilemmas of the Danish population during World War II. Like the government, the farmers and the industry, the father, a successful owner of a big electronics factory, tries to make the best of the situation to keep the wheels rolling. However, this leads him into a problematic collaboration with the Germans.
Men of the Wild
Thomas Daneskov Mikkelsen, 2021
In a desperate attempt to cure his midlife crisis, Martin has run off from Denmark into the Norwegian mountains to live off the land as his ancestors did thousands of years ago before supermarkets and smartphones ruined everything. But Martins self-actualisation project is turned upside down when he meets Musa, a drug runner, lost deep in the woods, injured and bleeding after a car accident. And soon they are chased through the woods, by the local chief of police, Musa’s rivals and Martin’s unknowing wife.
Daniel Dencik, 2020
The film is the story of Ines who kills her past while inventing a new future in Japan. The Danish girl visits the night club Miss Osaka, and while she is trained in the art of being a hostess, we eventually discover what horrible events in the Norwegian wilderness that led Ines to Japan, with a determined ex-boyfriend following close behind. The film is an identity fable about what happens on the paths of love and delusion as identities change, dissolve and re-emerge.
Monty and the Street Party
Mikael Wulff, Anders Morgenthaler, 2019
Mugge’s parents are going through a loud and terrible divorce that threatens to tear the blissful suburban neighbourhood apart. But Mugge takes matters into his own hands and plans the most epic street party ever in an attempt to get his parents back together.
Oh, To Be a Butterfly
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, 2020
The story is centered on the stubborn farmer Ernst and his wife Louise who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a traditional Danish gold wedding for friends and family. However, the family carries several secrets and Ernest holds on to the biggest one of them all. Through one long joyous, intoxicating, surprising, gripping and melancholic night, the truths creep out and the family is put to the ultimate test.
The Orphanage (Parwareshgah)
Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2019
In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself into some of his favourite movie scenes. One day, the police bring him to the Soviet orphanage.
Jonas Kærup Hjort, 2020
A somewhat insignificant Water Inspector enters an apartment building, located in the middle of nowhere, in order to register the residents’ water meters. Before he knows it, he finds himself trapped inside the building facing an “Alice in No-Wonderland”-like maze of obstacles. In his pursuit to escape the twisted reality of the building, the Water Inspector finds himself confronted by the many residents of the building who are all trying to make their existence tolerable.
Persona Non Grata
Lisa Jespersen, 2020
The film is a comedy drama about a young woman, Laura, who has distanced herself from her family in the country to settle in Copenhagen as an author and live the artistic bohemian life she has always dreamed of. When she, with much reluctance, goes back home for her brother’s wedding, she realises that he is about to marry her childhood enemy, Catrine. At the same time, Laura finds out that Catrine has in fact taken over her place in the family – and what if Laura wants it back … A film about how we, no matter how hard we try, cannot escape from our past, nor from our roots.
Queen of Hearts
May el-Toukhy, 2019
Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events destined to destroy her world.
Daniel Joseph Borgman, 2019
Liv, 13, lives deep in the forest with her simple father Jens and her obese, bedridden mother Maria. Sheltered from the outside world they survive on what they can find in nature. Here, even the smallest things have a soul, and the greatest meaning can be found in the journey of an ant into the sap of tree roots.
Riders of Justice
Anders Thomas Jensen, 2020
The deployed military man Markus has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck – until the mathematics geek Otto shows up with his two eccentric colleagues, Lennart and Emmenthaler. Otto was also a passenger on the wrecked train.
Shadows In My Eyes
Ole Bornedal, 2020
The film is about the great tragedy that hit Denmark on 21 March, 1945. The British Royal Air Force attack on Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen was successful, but also resulted in a fatal tragedy, as they mistakenly bombed the French School as well, resulting in more than 120 casualties, of which 86 were children. The film goes behind the statistics and tells the story of the fateful incident as seen through the eyes of the children at the school, the nuns, the young captive freedom fighters and the attacking airmen.
Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid, 2020
19-year-old Talib Ben Hassi’s life hangs by a thread. The exact details of what took place while he was in police custody remain unclear. Police officers Jens and Mike are on routine patrol in the local ghetto when news of Talib’s death comes in over the radio, igniting uncontrollable, pent-up rage in the ghetto’s youth wanting revenge.
Jonas Alexander Arnby, 2019
Insurance detective Max is investigating the disappearance of Arthur. The assignment takes him on a long and mysterious journey into the clandestine Aurora Hotel, a unique secretive facility that specialises in elaborate assisted suicide fantasies. While in the midst of an existential crisis, Max starts to question his perception of reality.
The Trouble with Nature
Illum Jacobi, 2020
Rampant debt and a significant midlife crisis send philosopher Edmund Burke fleeing from London to embark on an expedition through the French Alps. He brings along a servant on loan from his brother's plantation in the West Indies, a young indigenous woman named Awak. Together they set out to discover the sublime.
Frelle Petersen, 2019
Kris lives with her partly disabled uncle in rural Denmark and together they run a small farm. In their quirky yet loving relationship, built upon daily routines, words aren’t necessary. Kris is the dominant workhorse and she has taken on a motherly and overprotecting role towards her uncle.
Jeanette Nordahl, 2020
Following the tragic death of her mother, Ida falls into the care of her estranged aunt Bodil and Bodil’s three grown sons. Ida initially finds comfort in their home, which is filled with physical tenderness and a strong sense of unity. But the darker reality of her family's criminal way of life and toxic dynamics slowly pushes her to accept violence, addiction and intimidation as normal.