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The Promised Land

OT: Bastarden

Nikolaj Arcel // Denmark, Germany, Sweden, 2023
Fiction Feature // FF2023



Battling nature in the form of a huge human drama: A visually impressive period drama about the settlement of the Danish moors 250 years ago with a brilliant Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role. Denmark in the 18th century: a soldier called Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) follows the command of his king and intends to tame the wild moors of Jutland – a sinister no-man’s land full of brutal highwaymen, hungry wolves and above all the most pitiless of all enemies: Mother Nature. To top it all, an unscrupulous landowner also declares hostilities.


NIKOLAJ ARCEL (*1972 in Denmark) found international recognition for his film A Royal Affair (2012), which won several awards, including the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale. King’s Land is based on the 2020 novel »Kaptajnen og Ann Barbara« by Ida Jessen.




Fiction Feature



Denmark, Germany, Sweden


127 min

OV with German subtitles

Nikolaj Arcel

Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen

Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Simon Bennebjerg, Melina Hagberg, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Gustav Lindh

Louise Vesth

Rasmus Videbæk

Claus Lynge

Olivier Bugge Coutté

Dan Romer

Jette Lehmann

Maria Roed Eriksen

Ulrike Müller, Arwa Salmanova

Plaion Pictures


Zentropa Entertainments ApS

Zentropa Berlin GmbH; Zentropa Sweden AB

TV2 Denmark; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; SVT; Plaion Pictures in co-production with Film i Väst

Plaion Pictures, Katharina Günther: k.guenther@plaion.com



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