Darkland (" Underverden")

Canadian Premiere
  • Denmark
  • 2017
  • 112 mins
  • Danish
  • English (subtitles)
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Official Selection: Berlinale 2017, Göteborg International Film Festival 2017

“A dark, humanistic and truly compelling thriller” - Emma Vestrheim, CINEMA SCANDINAVIA

Zaid (Dar Salim: EXODUS, GAME OF THRONES) is a prosperous surgeon of Middle Eastern origin. He lives in a beautiful neighbourhood of Copenhagen, with a Danish woman and friends from all walks of life. He loves his bourgeois life, very different from that of his parents and his younger brother Yasin. He takes great care to keep his distance from them. That's why, when his brother comes to borrow him $100,000 to pay a debt, he refuses. A tragic decision – Yasin is later beaten to death by Semion, the leader of the gang who poisoned the neighbourhood of their childhood. Zaid begins his descent into the spiral of crime and violence from which it had taken so many years to escape.

DARKLAND is a brilliant action thriller, and more. It provides an intelligent and thoughtful commentary on the issue of immigration in the major cities of the world. As Nicolas Winding Refn did a few years ago, Fenar Ahmad leaves an important mark on Danish cinema with this dark and powerful film. His is a vigorous, young vision, tinged with social critique that speaks to the new generation. One can feel the obvious influence of films like DRIVE or A PROPHET in his work, but Ahmad manages to create a perfect balance between that and his own vision. He neglects no detail and everything is precision-tuned, from the direction of the actors to the staging to the music, which is simply haunting. With DARKLAND, Fenar Ahmad proves himself one of the most promising filmmakers of his generation.

- translated by Rupert Bottenberg

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