Wildland 2020

Kød & blod

Directed by Jeanette Nordahl Widescreen

Borgen and Duke of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen is the imperious matriarch of a criminal empire in this fleet, brutal crime drama about bad luck and bad families from debut director Jeanette Nordahl.

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Denmark In Danish with English subtitles
89 minutes DCP
M
violence, offensive language, sexual references, suicide & content that may disturb

Director

Cast

Sandra Guldberg Kampp
,
Sidse Babett Knudsen
,
Joachim Fjelstrup

Producers

Eva Jakobsen
,
Katrin Pors
,
Mikkel Jersin

Screenplay

Ingeborg Topsøe

Cinematography

David Gallego

Editor

Michael Aaglund

Music

Puce Mary

Festivals

Berlin 2020

Elsewhere

At first glance, Wildland seems to share a lot of its DNA with David Michôd’s Australian crime classic Animal Kingdom. After the death of her mother, a teenager is adopted into her estranged aunt’s family, only to discover the household, which includes three vicious sons, is at the centre of a ruthless criminal organisation. The comparisons complement Wildland, matching its dramatic intensity, morphing into a brutal, laser-focused and pulse-racing thriller.

Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen, as the terrifying mother superior keeping three wayward sons in check, is magnificent, as is newcomer Sandra Guldberg Kampp as 17-year-old Ida in what is sure to be a star-making turn.Throughout, Jeanette Nordahl’s direction is assured and intricate, following Ida as she struggles with conflicting feelings of moral disgust and a strange, intoxicating attraction to the darker side of the family’s existence.

The film’s fascinating exploration of the circularity of fate leads to a shocking yet satisfying conclusion that brings the film full-circle, from death to life, from bad beginnings to further misfortune. — Tom Augustine

“...like any dysfunctioning crime family, the one in Wildland is a mix of tenderness and cruelty, and Nordahl does a great job showing how Bobil [is] conflicted as both a mob boss and a mother. The presence of Ida makes that position all the more tenuous, and the clan will gradually unravel at the young girl’s hands... Nordahl [does] a good job staging the handful of action scenes with stark and brutal intensity, building toward a finale where the family’s wicked ways come back to bite them big time.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

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Director/Screenplay

Cast

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Producer

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