The Promised Land 15

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This film was last shown on 22 February 2024

In 18th century Denmark, Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round) – a proud, ambitious, but impoverished war hero – sets out to tame a vast, uninhabitable land on which seemingly nothing can grow.

He seeks to start farming crops, build a colony in the name of the King, and gain a noble title for himself. This beautiful but forbidding area also happens to be under the rule of the merciless Frederik De Schinkel, a preening nobleman who realizes the threat Kahlen represents to his power.

Struggling against the elements and local brigands, Kahlen is joined by a couple who have fled the clutches of the rapacious De Schinkel. As this group of misfits begins to build a small community in this inhospitable place, De Schinkel swears vengeance, and the confrontation between him and Kahlen promises to be as violent and intense as these two men.

This epic historical drama was the Danish entry for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars, making it to the final shortlist.


Nikolaj Arcel
2 hours 7 minutes
Danish with English Subtitles
Amanda Collin, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Mads Mikkelsen


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