The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Denmark | 2023 | 128 min. | Nikolaj Arcel

February 1 - 15, 2024

Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to tame an uninhabitable land and build a colony in the name of the King. Braving the elements, Kahlen is joined by a couple who has escaped the area’s merciless ruler, igniting a conflict that threatens his life, and the family of outsiders that has formed around him.

In 18th century Denmark, Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen)a proud, ambitious, but impoverished war herosets 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.

  • Original Language Title: BASTARDEN
  • Director: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Amanda Collin, Simon Bennebjerg, Melina Hagberg, Kristine Kujath Thorp, Gustav Lindh
  • Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 128 min.
  • Producer: Louise Vesth
  • Screenplay: Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel
  • Cinematographers: Rasmus Videbæk
  • Editors: Oliviér Bugge Coutté
  • Language: Danish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures