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World premiere at the Berlinale
Wildland • Interview
"We call it a mafia drama"
Danish Film Institute (DFI)
Ida moves in with her aunt and cousins after the
tragic death of her mother in a car accident. The home is filled with love, but
outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal
INTERVIEW. In 'Wildland', we follow a
small family clan where love and violence become dangerously
Nordahl and screenwriter Ingeborg Topsøe talk
about how they play with mafia elements to spice up their family drama and their
desire to explore themes of belonging and community. World premiere at the
"A sense of community is a good thing. It creates
solidarity. But also the opposite. A sense of community can create 'us' and
'them', a sense of right and wrong, hate and love. We have a great need to
express that," says director Jeanette
Nordahl about her and scriptwriter Ingeborg
Topsøe's work on 'Wildland', world-premiering at the Berlinale in the Panorama
In the interview, they talk about how they created the
narrative, how they use mafia genre elements and their close collaboration
throughout the production.
'Wildland' is Jeanette
Nordahl's directorial debut. Following the tragic death of her mother,
seventeen-year-old Ida falls into the care of her estranged aunt Bodil and
Bodil’s three grown sons.
Ida initially finds comfort in
their home, filled with physical tenderness and a strong sense of unity. But the
darker reality of her family's criminal life slowly pushes her to accept
violence, addiction and intimidation as normal. It isn’t until the situation
spirals out of control that Ida realizes that love and violence have become
impossible to separate.
As Ida, Sandra Guldberg Kampp takes her first major film
role. Sidse Babett Knudsen features
as her loyal, but dangerous aunt Bodil, while Joachim
Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove and Besir
Zeciri play Ida's cousins.
'Wildland' is produced by Eva
Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel
Jersin for Snowglobe. The film is backed by
the Danish Film Institute,
DR and the FilmFyn regional fund.
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Jeanette Nordahl, Denmark, 2020
Following the tragic death of her mother, Ida
falls into the care of her estranged aunt Bodil and Bodil’s three grown sons.
Ida initially finds comfort in their home, which is filled with physical
tenderness and a strong sense of unity. But the darker reality of her family's
criminal way of life and toxic dynamics slowly pushes her to accept violence,
addiction and intimidation as normal. As the situation spirals out of control,
Ida realises that love and violence are impossible to separate. Doubting if she
really belongs with this loyal, but dangerous matriarch and a brotherhood on the
edge, Ida faces the same question her mother once faced before her: Just how far
are you willing to go for your family?
Director. Born 1985. Graduated from the alternative Danish film school
Super16 in 2012 with the short 'Waiting for Phil', whi…
Screenwriter. Born 21/9 1985. Graduated from the National Film &
Television School in London in 2012 and has since written …
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