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The Promised Land

Bastarden

Nikolaj Arcel | 2023 | 127 MINS
Denmark | Subtitles
International Panorama: Denmark

The amazing story of Ludvig Kahlen who pursued his lifelong dream: To make the Danish heath bring him wealth and honour.

In Detail

In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heaths of Jutland with a seemingly impossible goal; to build a colony in the name of the King.

In exchange, he will receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel (Simon Bennebjerg), arrogantly believes this land belongs to him. When de Schinkel learns that the maid Ann Barbara (Amanda Collin) and her servant 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 intimidated and takes up the unequal battle - not only risking his life, but also the family of outsiders that has formed around him. Shot with the sweep of a historical epic, featuring another superb example of Mads Mikkelsen’s stone-faced magnetism, plus a gallery of settlers, nobles and civil servants who could have stepped out of a Dutch masters painting.

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