The Promised Land

Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2023

127 min.DK/Feature

In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal; to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he'll receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, arrogantly believes this land belongs to him. When de Schinkel learns that the maid Ann Barbara and her serve husband have escaped for refuge with Kahlen, the privileged and spiteful ruler swears revenge, doing everything in his power to drive the captain away. Kahlen will not be intimated and takes up the unequal battle - not only risking his life, but also the family of outsiders that has formed around him.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Bastarden
Danish title Bastarden
Director Nikolaj Arcel
Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel
Producer Louise Vesth
Appearance Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Simon Bennebjerg, Gustav Lindh
Production country Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S
Technical info color
Danish theatrical release 05.10.2023
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Zentropa, Zentropa Entertainments3
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S


Direction Nikolaj Arcel


Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen
Screenplay Nikolaj Arcel


Producer Louise Vesth


SFX makeup Kirsten Zäschke


Appearance Mads Mikkelsen
Appearance Amanda Collin
Appearance Simon Bennebjerg
Appearance Gustav Lindh

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