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The Promised Land

Set in the mid-1700s, The Promised Land is a gripping drama about the conquest of the Danish heath, unremitting nature, big dreams and even bigger sacrifices. It's the story of a proud and uncompromising man and the woman who becomes his ally in the fight against evil, death and perdition.
In 1755, the impoverished captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal: to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he’ll receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, arrogantly believes this land belongs to him. When De Schinkel learns that the maid Ann Barbara and her servant husband have escaped for refuge with Kahlen, the privileged and spiteful ruler swears revenge, doing everything in his power to drive the captain away. Kahlen will not be intimidated and engages in an unequal battle—risking not only his life, but also that of the family of outsiders that has formed around him. For all the strengths that make Nikolaj Arcel’s sixth feature such a richly satisfying historical drama, the most compelling may be the least surprising. That’s the old-school screen charisma that Mads Mikkelsen exudes in great abundance as a man whose taciturn nature and rugged fortitude are tested by nearly every conceivable hardship that can be dished out in 18th-century Denmark.
Original title
Bastarden
English title
The Promised Land
Year
2023
Country
Language
DA
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
127 min
Age rating
15+
Release date CZ
18. 1. 2024
Release date SK
25. 1. 2024

Festivals
National
Scandi
International
Benátky

Awards

Venice IFF
Main Competition
2023
Oscar
Official submission of Denmark
2024
European Film Awards
Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design
2023

Media reception

Screen International
"An expansive, sweeping epic with hope in its heart and dirt under its nails."
Vulture
"The kind of ravishing, rousing epic we don’t really get much of anymore."

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