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15 items from 2016


DVD Review – Men & Chicken (2015)

15 August 2016 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Men & Chicken, 2015.

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling and Nicolas Bro.

Synopsis:

Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Pushing the concept of dysfunctional family through an outlandish filter, Men & Chicken is all in terribly bad taste. Yet, this is a strangely affectionate film—impressive, considering its casual bestiality. Despite running the risk of hotchpotch Anders Thomas Jensen’s screenplay is executed brilliantly, seamlessly moving from slapstick to tragic whilst effectively blurring the lines between cartoonish and pitch-black comedy. It’s a compelling watch.

A fairytale feel intro anticipates an unusual story, and mystery is swiftly afoot as brothers Elias (a barely recognisable Mads Mikkelsen) and Gabriel (David Dencik) find out that their real father is a mysterious 100-year-old scientist, living on the remote Island of Ork. Gabriel, deeply »

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Movie Review – Men & Chicken (2015)

13 July 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Men & Chicken, 2015.

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling and Nicolas Bro.

Synopsis:

Brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) discover the man who brought them up wasn’t their biological father, nor did they share the same mother.  They track down their real father in a sanatorium on a remote island, where he lives with three more sons, again all with different mothers.  Yet they all share the same facial characteristic.  And the longer the two brothers stay, the more they discover about their parentage.

You can’t choose your relatives.  And, much as we’d all love to have the proverbial ideal family, the reality is usually further away than we’d like.  Not The Waltons, that’s for sure.  But what happens if you discover your family is hiding a shockingly unpleasant secret?  They’re still family, after »

- Freda Cooper

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A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) movie review: is God dead? or is he the killer?

15 June 2016 5:53 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Denmark’s smash-hit Nordic noir series Department Q arrives in the Us… and this third chapter is menacing, creepy, and morbidly engaging. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first two movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Copenhagen’s most miserable, most brilliant detective is back for his third big-screen outing with A Conspiracy of Faith… though the noirish adventures of Carl Mørck are hitting Us movie lovers all at once, with all three of his appearances — including also The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One — getting simultaneous releases. Mørck is the creation of novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen in his internationally bestselling crime novels, a stereotypical cynical cop given authentic depths of torment by actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas (A Second Chance). (The novel this film is based on is titled Redemption in »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Exclusive: Watch the sizzling debut trailer for the 'Department Q' trilogy

8 June 2016 9:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Whether or not you've heard of the Department Q trilogy, the series of crime books -- written by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen -- have been huge bestsellers worldwide, and their respective film adaptations have caught fire at the box office in their native country. Now, the adaptations are coming to North American audiences courtesy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, and HitFix is happy to debut the trailer and official one-sheets for the upcoming trilogy that is giving us serious Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibes. The Department Q trilogy focuses on Copenhangen homicide detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who is banished to run the department's cold case division following a tragic incident that results in the deaths of two of his fellow officers. With the assistance of his colleague Assad (Fares Fares), he digs in and begins investigating the unsolved disappearance of a liberal politician who was presumed dead »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Game of Thone's Kristofer Hivju is The Last King [Trailer]

3 May 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Directed by legendary Norwegian filmmaker Nils Gaup (Pathfinder), The Last King is an epic medieval action film, based on a true story, that features... downhill skiing!?

The Last King stars Game of Thrones' Kristofer Hivju as well as Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Jakob Oftebro, and Thorbjørn Harr.

Synopsis:

Norway is ravaged by civil war, and The King's illegitimate son is guarded in deep secret. A boy half the kingdom is out to kill, and whom two men have to protect with their own lives. The Last King is the story of the escape that changed the history of Norwa [Continued ...] »

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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Norwegian Action Thriller 'The Last King'

2 May 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"In an ancient land of ice & snow, traitors with dark desires lurk in the shadows..." Magnolia has debuted a trailer for a Norwegian action movie called The Last King, directed by filmmaker Nils Gaup. The story is about two men that have to protect an illegitimate son born in ancient Norway during a civil war. This actually looks awesome - there's even tons of skiing action, plus swords and bows & arrows, everything else. It's obviously playing at the "Game of Thrones" fans, but also looks like it might be a lot of fun to watch. The cast includes Kristofer Hivju, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Jakob Oftebro, and Thorbjørn Harr. Give it a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Nils Gaup's The Last King, in high def from Apple: In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, »

- Alex Billington

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DVD Review – Follow the Money: The Complete Season One

25 April 2016 1:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Follow the Money: Season One

Created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Starring Thomas Bo Larsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Natalie Madueño, Thomas Hwan, Esben Smed Jensen, Lucas Hansen, Line Kruse, Julie Grundtvig Wester and Lars Simonsen.

Synopsis:

As the fraudulent financial dealings of leading Danish energy company Energreen are investigated by police, a wide circle of characters are drawn into a net of paranoia, intrigue and crime.

Given the almost unending flow of news stories uncovering fresh financial scandals and fraudulent practises committed by the high and mighty, in some ways Follow the Money (Bedrag in Danish) couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Aiming to provide an insightful commentary on the greed of the corporate world, even in such noble pursuits as renewable energy, the series begins in a fairly dry and lecturing tone.

Happily enough however, the show manages to recover from its faintly uninspiring premise to deliver »

- Robert W Monk

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The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) and The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) movies review: good clean nasty Nordic noir

15 April 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Grim treats, mining suspense and urgency from intensely plotted dual timelines of brutal criminality. A must for fans of rumpled, cynical, bitter detectives. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What’s the biggest movie — by a long shot — in Denmark at the moment? It’s not Zootopia or Batman v Superman. It’s A Conspiracy of Faith, the third in the series based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s internationally bestselling Department Q crime novels… and that’s in its sixth week of release. Danish moviegoers love brooding, tenacious Copenhagen cop Carl Mørck so much that they made the first two films,The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) and The Absent One (Fasandraeberne), among the biggest hits the country’s film industry has ever seen.

I finally caught »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Absent One review – diverting potboiler for Scandi noir completists

7 April 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An unlikely detective duo delve into a double murder, and crime film cliche territory, in the second part of this Danish thriller trilogy

This well-oiled Danish thriller is another delve into the files of Department Q, a literary franchise launched on the big screen in 2013’s The Keeper of Lost Causes. The follow-up was a hit in its homeland, and it’s easy to see why: The Absent One is the sort of page-turning mystery we’re used to from Scandinavia, with a carefully structured plot that littered with clues and revelations to keep us enthralled. The story focuses on an unlikely detective duo (the irritable Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the amiable Fares Fares) as they uncover a cold case about a double murder and a witness who might be in danger. An awful number of cliches are being ticked off here (the Fincher-esque lighting, the dogged and socially »

- Benjamin Lee

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Film Review: The Absent One

7 April 2016 3:54 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ From Borgen director Mikkel Nørgaard comes The Absent One, a lacklustre and cliché-ridden follow-up to 2013's Danish crime thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes which suggests that the trend for Scandinavian noir might have exhausted itself. Adapted from a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the film tells the story of an investigation into a forgotten double homicide of a twin brother and sister in a country cottage. When the father of the murdered children commits suicide, he leaves the old case in the hands of Carl Mørck, played with Hamlet-like melancholy by Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

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- CineVue UK

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Movie Review – The Absent One (2014)

5 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Absent One, 2014.

Directed by Mikkel Norgaard.

Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Danica CurcicPilou Asbaek and Johanne Louise Schmidt.

Synopsis:

Since its first, spectacular success, the reputation of the cold case section of the Copenhagen police department has taken a nose dive – until its lead detective, Carl Morck, is approached by a former cop about the murder of his twin children.  The case is 20 years old, the murderer was caught and convicted long ago.  Except that Morck and fellow detective, Assad, feel there’s something suspiciously neat about the way the case was sewn up.  They set about tracking down the remaining witness, following increasingly murky trail that leads to an elite boarding school and some powerful figures, in business and also in the police department itself.

While BBC Four plays fast and loose with its usual Saturday night Scandi noir slot, filling it with an economic thriller, »

- Freda Cooper

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Mads Mikkelsen in Black Comedy 'Men & Chicken' Official Us Trailer

1 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"This is the story of some brothers whom Nature hadn't dealt the best of cards." Drafthouse Films has unveiled the official Us trailer for Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen's wacky black comedy Men & Chicken. Described as an "outlandish hybrid of The Three Stooges and The Island of Dr. Moreau", the film stars Mads Mikkelsen (with a nice mustache), David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling and Nicolas Bro. It's about two outcast brothers who get together after their father dies and end up at an island called Ork, where they discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives. Pretty sure this won't be for everyone, but if you're into darkly hilarious slapstick comedy from Denmark, you better take a look. Here's the official Us trailer for Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chicken, from Drafthouse's YouTube: Men & Chicken is about a pair of socially-challenged siblings who discover they are »

- Alex Billington

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UK poster and trailer for comedy Men & Chicken starring Mads Mikkelsen

22 March 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK poster and trailer have arrived online for writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen’s upcoming comedy Men & Chicken, which stars Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling and Nicolas Bro. Take a look below…

Two outcast brothers get to know their biological family and discover the horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Gabriel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn’t their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘A Conspiracy of Faith’ Breaks 15-Year Record at Danish Box Office

8 March 2016 1:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hans Petter Moland’s thriller “A Conspiracy of Faith” has broken a 15-year record at the Danish box office, grossing an estimated $1.7 million from 154,342 tickets since opening March 3. Taking the previews into account, the movie has sold 207,669 tickets.

Based on Jussi Adler Olsen’s bestseller and penned by Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”), “Conspiracy of Faith” is the third film of the hit trilogy also comprising “The Keeper of Lost Causes” and “The Absent One.”

The third opus follows detective Carl Mørck and his assistant, Assad, as they get pulled into a horrific case involving a psychopathic murderer, religious fanaticism and abducted siblings never reported missing by their parents.

TrustNordisk has already sold the movie in more than 60 countries including North America (IFC Films), Germany and Austria (Nfp), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Benelux (Lumiere), France (Wild Bunch Distribution), Spain (Vertigo Films), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Estonia (Estin Film), Poland (Kino Swiat) and Russia »

- Elsa Keslassy

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TrustNordisk's 'Last King' takes French crown

12 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metropolitan Filmexport takes historical drama from TrustNordisk.

TrustNordisk has sold The Last King (Birkebeinerne) to French distributor Metropolitan Filmexport.

The deal was negotiated between Nicolai Korsgaard from TrustNordisk and Cyril Burkel from Metropolitan.

The film has previously sold to North America (Magnolia), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Koch), Italy (Minerva), Czech Republic (Film Europe Media Company), Middle East (Gulf Film), India (Pictureworks) and Estonia (Estinfilm).

Nils Gaup directs the historical drama about two Norwegian warriors who escape across the mountains in 1204 to bring the last remaining heir to the throne to safety. The cast includes Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Child 44). »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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