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Denmark | 2015 | 95 minutes | Frederikke Aspöck

When a Danish widower arranges for a mail-order bride from the Philippines to be his fiancée, he ropes his reluctant son in to act as translator and accidentally creates a fraught love triangle that threatens to break the family apart.

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The Asian mail-order-bride phenomenon is explored from the European perspective with humanity and authenticity in this lonesome story of two generations of men watching their relationship deteriorate as unearthed emotions arise after the arrival of a mail-order bride from the Philippines. Johannes lives with his father, the middle-aged widower Ulrik, in a small village on Denmark's north Jutland peninsula. They live a routine life, each working their separate jobs in the fishing industry. Johannes has a girlfriend, but he doesn't take their relationship as seriously as she does. Meanwhile, the shy Ulrik misses the love and tenderness of a woman. Following in the footsteps of many other older men in his small village, Ulrik arranges for a young Filipina by the name of Rosita to come to Denmark as his fiancée. As Rosita joins Ulrik and Johannes' household and adjusts to life in Denmark under her unique circumstances, the skeptical Johannes gets more than he bargains for when he is reluctantly forced to translate Ulrik's words for Rosita, leading to a secret friendship that could forever hurt his father. Rosita tells the honest and complicated story of a father and son whose futures are changed by a woman who enters their family abruptly but is immediately engulfed in their trials of manhood, relationships, and yearning for an escape from the reality of life.

Director Biography
Born in 1974 in Denmark, Frederikke Aspöck holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and a BA in set design from Wimbledon School of Art in London. She has directed several short films, including her thesis film from Tisch. Her first feature, Out of Bounds (2011), premiered at Cannes and won the Golden Star Award at the Marrakech Film Festival.

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  • Director: Frederikke Aspöck
  • Principal Cast: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Mercedes Cabral, Jens Albinus, Julie Agnete Vang
  • Country: Denmark
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Thomas Heinesen, Leila Vestgaard
  • Screenplay: Kim Fupz Aakeson
  • Cinematographers: Adam Wallensten
  • Editors: Martin Schade, Mette Zeruneith
  • Music: Rasmus Bille Bähncke
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Moscow Film Festival 2015 (Best Director)
  • Filmography: Out Of Bounds (2011)
  • Language: Danish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Trust Nordisk