World premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

FESTIVAL. 'Wild Men' by Thomas Daneskov Mikkelsen is selected for the international feature competition at Tribeca in June. The festival will also be world premiering Andreas Koefoed's documentary 'The Lost Leonardo' and Michelle and Uri Kranot's VR installation 'We Are At Home'.

The Tribeca Film Festival, running 9-22 June, features three world premieres from Denmark.

Thomas Daneskov Mikkelsen's comedy 'Wild Men' is part of the international feature competition, while Andreas Koefoed's 'The Lost Leonardo' will hit the screens in the non-competitive Spotlight Documentary section.

Finally, Michelle and Uri Kranot's VR installation 'We Are At Home' is selected for the Tribeca Immersive line-up and will be available for audiences at New York's Spring Studios.

Midlife crisis in the Norwegian mountains

'Wild Men' focuses on Martin, who has fled his family to live high up in the Norwegian mountains in a desperate attempt to cure his midlife crisis. Trying to reconnect with the simple life of his ancestors, Martin gathers and hunts like they did thousands of years ago before supermarkets and smartphones ruined everything. However, Martins self-actualization project is turned upside down when he meets Musa, a drug runner, lost deep in the woods.

'Wild Men' is Daneskov Mikkelsen's sophomore feature following his low-budget debut 'The Elite', winner at CPH PIX in 2015.  

The screenplay is a collaboration between the director and novelist Morten Pape, the latter making his feature debut as a screenwriter. 

The film is produced by Lina Flint for Nordisk Film Spring, the talent division of Nordisk Film that started in 2015 with 'The Elite' by Daneskov Mikkelsen.

Riveting look into the art world

Andreas Koefoed's 'The Lost Leonardo' tells the inside story about the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450m, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

From the moment it is purchased from a shady New Orleans auction house, and its buyers discover masterful brushstrokes beneath its cheap restoration, the fate of the Salvator Mundi is driven by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power.  

Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world’s richest men and most powerful art institutions, 'The Lost Leonardo' reveals how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary.  

Koefoed is behind awardwinning documentaries such as 'Ballroom Dancer' (2011) and 'At Home in the World' (2015).

'The Lost Leonardo' is produced by Andreas Dalsgaard for Danish Elk Film and by Christoph Jörg for Pumbernickel Film based in Paris and New York.

The awkward intimacy of being human

Michelle and Uri Kranot received the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 for their immersive VR experience 'The Hangman at Home'.

Now, the artist couple are premiering 'We Are At Home' at Tribeca. Just like their Venice winner, this new VR installation is inspired by Carl Sandburg's 1922 poem 'The Hangman at Home', which ask the question: What does the hangman think about when he goes home from work at night?

Displaying the filmmakers' distinct visual style, the multi-media project explores themes of complicity and responsibility, while delving into the awkward intimacy of being human that connects us all. 

While 'The Hangman at Home' is a single-user experience, 'We Are At Home' is a scaled installation for larger venues and audiences. 

Tribeca Film Festival 2021

Tribeca Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary as the "first major North American film festival to be held in person" following the corona pandemic.

Running 9-20 June, Tribeca will be held as a multi-screen outdoor festival spanning all New York boroughs.

The single-user 'The Hangman at Home' will be touring to the Annecy Animation Film Festival in June, while a third output of the Hangman project, an animated short film, is selected for Krakow Film Festival end of May.

The Hangman project is a co-production between Late Love Production (Denmark), Miyu Productions (France) and Floréal Films (France), supported by the the West Danish Film Fund, CNC, the National Film Board of Canada and the Animation Workshop.

'Wild Men', 'The Lost Leonardo' and 'We Are At Home' are all supported by the Danish Film Institute.

Finally, from Denmark, Tribeca 2021 features the world premiere of Copenhagen-based William Armstrong's dance short 'Unspoken'.

Article created 21 April, revised 12 May 2021.

Danish films at Tribeca

Danish films have had a strong track record at Tribeca in recent years.

Marijana Jankovic's 'Maya' won the prize for best short in 2019. In 2018, Mads Brügger's fiction debut, 'The Saint Bernhard Syndicate', won an acting award.

In 2017, 'Bobbi Jene' by Elvira Lind took home three awards, including best documentary. That accolade was given to 'Democrats' by Camilla Nielsson in 2015, the same year as Jeppe Rønde's 'Bridgend' won three prizes.