Thrillers and epic dramas world premiering in Hamburg

FESTIVAL. Highlighting the close cinematic ties between Denmark and Germany, Filmfest Hamburg will see the world premieres of Christoffer Boe’s 'The Purity of Vengeance' and Kasper Torsting’s 'In Love and War,' both made with German partners. The Hamburg festival’s audiences will also get the chance to see Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built.'

Filmfest Hamburg, the prominent German festival with a strong focus on local audiences, is kicking off on 27 September. The festival is showcasing eight Danish features, several of which are having their world premiere at Hamburg before opening in Danish theatres. See selected trailers below.

Made with German partners 

Christoffer Boe’s 'The Purity of Vengeance' and Kasper Torsting’s 'In Love and War,' opening in Denmark on 4 October and 15 November, respectively, are competing in the Freihafen section, which presents this year’s best German-European co-productions. Also in this section is Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built,' starring Matt Dillon as a serial killer, which opened at this year's Cannes Festival.

Made with German partners and funding, the three films highlight Denmark’s close, cinematic ties to Germany. 

Danish partnerships with, in particular, Germany's Northern region received a boost this spring with the strengthening of a development agreement between the Danish Film Institute and Germany's Filmfund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. The first film to receive support under the German-Danish agreement was 'In Love and War,' and both Torsting’s WWI drama and Boe's thriller have received co-production support from the North German Filmfund. 

Zentropa is behind 'The Purity of Vengeance' and 'The House That Jack Built,' while Fridthjof Film is producing 'In Love and War.' 

Bille August showing 'A Fortunate Man' 

Kaspar Munk’s fantasy 'Wildwitch,' produced by Good Company Films, will likewise have its world premiere at the Hamburg festival. An adaptation of a Lene Kaaberbøl novel about young Clara and her travails in a magical world, will premiere in Denmark on 11 October.

The festival programme also includes Bille August’s 'A Fortunate Man,' having its first international screening after a successful opening run in Danish cinemas, and Ole Bornedal’s 'The Way to Mandalay,' a biopic about one of Denmark's greatest and most beloved singers, John Mogensen, which premiered in Denmark in March. 

The documentary section features Lasse Lau’s 'The Raven and the Seagull,' a reflection on Denmark’s colonial history in Greenland, and Malene Choi’s 'The Return,' a hybrid identity story from South Korea.

Filmfest Hamburg

Filmfest Hamburg takes place from 27 September to 6 October. See more at the festival website.