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THE PACT

by Bille August

synopsis

Aged 63 Karen Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame and next in line to win the Nobel Prize for literature. It has been 17 years since she gave up her famous African adventure only to return to Denmark in ruins. Devastated by syphilis and having lost the love of her life she has reinvented herself as a literary sensation. She is an isolated genius, however, until the day she lays eyes on a handsome 30 year old poet. She promises him literary stardom if he in return will obey her unconditionally - even at the cost of him losing everything else in his life. The film is a heart-wrenching story of a sorcerer and her apprentice, about how far you will go for love and art.

international title: The Pact
original title: Pagten
country: Denmark
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Bille August
film run: 115'
release date: DK 5/08/2021, EE 10/12/2021, ES 28/01/2022
screenplay: Christian Torpe
cast: Birthe Neumann, Simon Bennebjerg, Nanna Skaarup Voss, Asta Kamma August, Anders Heinrichsen, Marie Mondrup, Kurt Dreyer, Jytte Kvinesdal, Mikkel Kjærsgaard Stubkjær, Téo Lepetit
cinematography by: Manuel Alberto Claro
film editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
art director: Jette Lehmann
costumes designer: Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen
music: Frédéric Vercheval
producer: Jesper Morthorst, Karin Trolle
co-producer: Genevieve Lemal
executive producer: Lars Bjørn Hansen, Lars Bredo Rahbek
line producer: Karin Trolle
production: MOTOR
backing: Nordisk Film & TV Fond
distributor: SF Studios Denmark, ADSO FILMS

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