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Guldkysten (2015)

In 1836 the Danish romantic visionary Wulff travels to Africa to create plantations on the Gold Coast, but his best intentions and belief is soon confronted with a harsh reality dominated by slave trade and unbelievable brutality.

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Credited cast:
Jakob Oftebro ... Wulff
Danica Curcic ... Caroline
John Aggrey John Aggrey ... Lumpa
Luise Skov Luise Skov ... Elenora
Anders Heinrichsen ... Dall
Wakefield Ackuaku Wakefield Ackuaku ... Richter
Mikkel Hilgart Mikkel Hilgart ... Autrup
Morten Holst ... Guvernør
Adam Ild Rohweder ... Herbst
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophia Adegnika Sophia Adegnika ... Tim-Tam
Prince De-Graft Asante Prince De-Graft Asante ... Ashanti Warrior
Dominic Demordzi Dominic Demordzi ... Ashanti Warrior
Ziggy Netteyson Ziggy Netteyson ... Ashanti Warrior
Paakow Yankah Paakow Yankah ... Doctor
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The Gold Coast (Guldkysten), is a dense and visceral exploration of a dark time in European history, namely the Danish involvement in the slave trade on the African coast during the 1830s. Undoubtedly a politically charged affair, this film is also an intense portrait of obsession and individual morality. Written by Laurence Boyce

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Ghana

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Danish

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2 July 2015 (Denmark) See more »

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Gold Coast See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The Castle is Elmina Castle, Ghana See more »

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The nails used for fastening the lid of the missionary's coffin are wire nails, steel wire nails, that were not invented until about 14 years later. See more »

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Remember me, in every cloud of gold
Written by Angelo Badalamenti & Kwamie Liv
Performed by Kwamie Liv
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Not the best film ever made, but still worth watching
27 October 2015 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

Set in Danish Guinea (part of modern-day Ghana) in the 1830s, 'Gold Coast' follows idealistic Wulff Frederik Wulff (who according to the film's website is an amalgamation of three real-life individuals). Having devised a method for growing coffee in Africa, Wulff is despatched from Denmark to put his plan into action. Upon arrival, he finds a colony that apparently consists of precisely five people: two missionaries (or "lunatic missionaries", as Wulff puts it), the drink-sodden governor, the governor's slimy deputy and a boorish merchant. Although he finds joy in the region's natural splendour, Wulff's enthusiasm and naïvety is gradually worn down by the antics of the colonists, by his own doubts that the native peoples understand his agricultural methods, by attacks on his plantations by the local Ashanti tribe, and by a slave trade he thought his country had outlawed.

This is not a flawless film. What I assume is a small budget shows: surely there were more than just a few people in Danish Guinea? A bigger budget might have paid for a few more extras! Also, apart from Wulff himself, the other characters - some of whom, such as the governor and his deputy, were real people - are portrayed in one-dimensional terms which suggest lazy scripting.

However, those flaws aside, this is a good film. Seeing the grubby colonial buildings and slightly tatty costumes the viewer really gets an impression of a colony on its uppers (barely a decade after the events in this film, Denmark sold its Gold Coast settlements to the UK). As Wulff, lead actor Jakob Oftebro - hitherto mainly a pretty face in supporting casts - proves his acting chops, not only with an alarming weight loss but also with his portrayal of Wulff's realisation that everything in the garden isn't rosy and his subsequent descent into madness. Other actors are hampered by the limited character development in their roles, but don't let that put you off seeing this film.


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