"We call it a mafia drama"

INTERVIEW. In 'Wildland', we follow a small family clan where love and violence become dangerously merged. Director Jeanette Nordahl and screenwriter Ingeborg Topsøe talk about how they play with mafia elements to spice up their family drama and their desire to explore themes of belonging and community. World premiere at the Berlinale.

"A sense of community is a good thing. It creates solidarity. But also the opposite. A sense of community can create 'us' and 'them', a sense of right and wrong, hate and love. We have a great need to express that," says director Jeanette Nordahl about her and scriptwriter Ingeborg Topsøe's work on 'Wildland', world-premiering at the Berlinale in the Panorama programme.

In the interview, they talk about how they created the narrative, how they use mafia genre elements and their close collaboration throughout the production.

'Wildland' is Jeanette Nordahl's directorial debut. Following the tragic death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Ida falls into the care of her estranged aunt Bodil and Bodil’s three grown sons. Ida initially finds comfort in their home, filled with physical tenderness and a strong sense of unity. But the darker reality of her family's criminal life slowly pushes her to accept violence, addiction and intimidation as normal. It isn’t until the situation spirals out of control that Ida realizes that love and violence have become impossible to separate. 

As Ida, Sandra Guldberg Kampp takes her first major film role. Sidse Babett Knudsen features as her loyal, but dangerous aunt Bodil, while Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove and Besir Zeciri play Ida's cousins.

'Wildland' is produced by Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel Jersin for Snowglobe. The film is backed by the Danish Film Institute, DR and the FilmFyn regional fund.