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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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Daniel Dencik
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

2 July 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Coast See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Castle is Elmina Castle, Ghana See more »

Goofs

In the silly band you see a saxophone. The saxophone was not invented in 1836. See more »

Soundtracks

Remember me, in every cloud of gold
Written by Angelo Badalamenti & Kwamie Liv
Performed by Kwamie Liv
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A sensory feast!
11 July 2016 | by nickapopolis87See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this movie at the Scandinavian Film Festival in Melbourne and was not disappointed.

As other reviewers have noted, it is a beautiful production; the setting and cinematography are glorious.

I won't waste time with plot (I was engrossed in it), as it has been covered, I would like to add my voice to balance out some negative points raised by others.

The music, a deeply sombre, melancholic, electronic score is a striking juxtaposition to the colonial African setting. It is so out of place that is absolutely works. There is a particular scene at a tribal party. It is disorienting both for the characters and the viewer, however the (oft-times used in a disorienting fashion) authentic, rhythmic tribal music is replaced with the frenzied electronic score. It is fantastic film-making.

The film is well, albeit slowly, paced. Some scenes do outstay their welcome, particularly the prison scenes on, but this film reaches an aching crescendo that is totally rewarding.

It is, at times, gory, explicit, disgusting, and real, but that is true to form for the brutal time and place in which it is set.

It offers a rich symbolism, and spiritual side as well, via the character's dream-like progression through the film. It is utterly fascinating.

The acting is first rate.

The direction, music and ethereal nature of the film reminds me somewhat of Nicolas Winding Refn's work, particularly Drive and Only God Forgives. Which a touch of Donnie Darko's existential spiritualism. But still it's own thing, completely.

It is absolutely not for everyone, but I was completely taken with it.


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