About the film
Director: Ulaa Salim
Actors: Mohammed Ismail Mohammed, Rasmus Bjerg, Zaki YoussefNominated for best Nordic film at the 2019 Göteborg Film Festival, rising talent Ulaa Salim’s first feature is both a study and a warning of what might happen when different forms of extremism collide.
After a future Denmark is rocked by a terrorist attack, populist politician Martin Nordahl’s xenophobic, Islamophobic rhetoric threatens to win him the elections, and the country rapidly descends into a situation likely to trigger civil war. In this climate, 19-year-old Zakaria leaves his family and becomes involved in a radical organisation, where he forms a bond with Ali. Unable to agree with the current state of the country, which is turning on its own citizens because of their migration background, the two men decide to act. In their attempt to make their mark, their brotherhood will be tested and their actions will have grave consequences on their lives.
With a permanently claustrophobic atmosphere emphasised by the plethora of night-time shots, this presents a chilling hypothetical future and a provocative interpretation of current political circumstances around the world.
“A bombastic thriller that gels politics, family and police procedural into a fiery thriller.” – CINEUROPA
WINNER: Mastercard OFF CAMERA, ‘Path Finders,’ Cracow Film Award, 2019
WINNER: Best Film, Riviera International Film Festival, 2019
NOMINATED: Audience Award & Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2019
NOMINATED: Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, Gothenburg Film Festival, 2019
NOMINATED: New Directors Competition, Seattle International Film Festival, 2019
Danish and Arabic with English subtitles
Thu Jul 18