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A close up of actor Mads Mikkelsen.

The Promised Land Bastarden

  Nikolaj Arcel

  Denmark, Germany, Sweden     127 minutes


In 18th-century Denmark, Ludvig Kahlen (played by a rugged, windswept Mads Mikkelsen) lives with purpose and determination. After retiring from the army, he hopes to curry favor with the Danish king by embarking on a quest to settle and cultivate the unforgiving Jutland. All previous attempts to tame the heath have ended in utter failure, and the soil is thought to be hostile to crops.The harsh natural conditions aren’t the only thing standing in Ludwig’s way, however, and he soon begins to butt heads with a local landowner who worries that the settlers’ successful  harvest will diminish his own power and influence.

Majestic landscape photography is punctuated with bursts of thrilling action as The Promised Land’s characters careen towards bloody confrontation.

 Danish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events


Film Credits

  •   Louise Vesth
  •   Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel
  •   Oliviér Bugge Coutté
  •   Rasmus Videbæk
  •   Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Gustav Lindh, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Simon Bennebjerg
  •   Zentropa Entertainment

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