Directed by Nicolo Donato (Denmark, 2017, 95 min.). Digital. Danish with English subtitles. Boston premiere.
In this white-knuckle Danish drama, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark. Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) feels immune to the hardships of war and is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam (Danica Curcic, Wallender) hears rumors of the roundup and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid forces the couple to flee with their young son, and they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. As the Gestapo and their Danish collaborators close in, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. Director Nicolo Donato, whose grandfather was one of the ferrymen in the underground, masterfully ratchets up the tension, heightening the suspense until the very last frame. Winner of Best Film and the Audience Award at the inaugural Rügen International Film Festival.
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