Directed by Bille August (Denmark, 2018, 162 min.). Digital. Massachusetts Premiere.
This epic drama from Academy Award–winning director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) is gorgeously realized with dazzling cinematography, exceptional performances, sumptuous costume design, and period detail. In the 1880s, a gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for metropolitan Copenhagen. An engineer with progressive ideas, he is welcomed by a wealthy Jewish family and ingratiates himself into their opulent milieu, embarking on a journey of personal and professional ambition that teeters on the razor’s edge between triumph and catastrophe. Told with a dramatic, romantic sweep on par with the great classics of cinema, A Fortunate Man is not to be missed. Adapted from Denmark's canonical novel, Lykke-Per, by Danish Nobel Prize–winning author Henrik Pontoppidan.
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With English subtitles