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by Nikolaj Arcel


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 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 engages in an unequal battle—risking not only his life, but also that of the family of outsiders that has formed around him.

international title: The Promised Land
original title: Bastarden
working title: King's Land
country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2023
genre: fiction
directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
film run: 127’
release date: DK 05/10/2023, FR 17/01/2024
screenplay: Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen
cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Simon Bennebjerg, Melina Hagberg, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Gustav Lindh
cinematography by: Rasmus Videbæk
film editing: Olivier Bugge Coutté
art director: Jette Lehmann
music: Dan Romer
producer: Louise Vesth, Fabian Gasmia, Katja Lebedjewa, Lizette Jonjic
production: Zentropa Entertainments, Zentropa International Berlin, Zentropa International Sweden
distributor: Nordisk Film Distribution, The Jokers, Les Bookmakers, BTeam Pictures

Photogallery 01/09/2023: Venice 2023 - The Promised Land

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Nikolaj Arcel, Simon Bennebjerg, Gustav Lindh, Amanda Collin, Mads Mikkelsen, Hagberg Melina, Carl Jacobsen Mikkelsen, Alberto Barbera, Louise Vesth, Fabian Gasmia
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