Cert: TBC Year: 2009 Length: 114 mins Language: Danish
Many of you saw 'A Royal Affair' and 'The Hunt' in last year's programme. I also guess a lot of you will have watched 'The Killing' and 'Borgen' on television over the last few years. What do these have in common? They all come from Denmark, a country that has almost cornered the market in good quality thrillers over the last decade. To celebrate this (and obviously to push home their advantage), the Danish Film Institute are sponsoring a number of Danish films over this summer, which includes 'The Escape (Flugten)'. This made us decide it was worth seeing if anyone would enjoy a mid-summer film club; if you do, come along and see what the Danes have for us this time.
It is the story of a Danish journalist who is kidnapped by the Taliban and used to put pressure on the Danish government to withdraw their troops. Her escape and the resulting questions (No-one else has succeeded - how did she escape? ) when she gets back to Denmark make up this political thriller. Its star (Iben Hjejle) and director (Kathrine Windfeld) are both woman - unusual for a terrorist thriller. On the back of this film,Kathrine Windfeld went on to direct some episodes of 'The Killing' and 'Wallander'. Lastly, look out for Lars Mikkelsen, brother of Mads Mikkelsen...definitely a family with acting in the blood!
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