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Australian Premiere

“The Promised Land is a terrific story driven by skilful writing and strong performances. There’s an art to bringing vitality and modernity to historical drama, and Arcel shows a firm grasp of it.” — The Hollywood Reporter

In 1755, the impoverished soldier Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal: to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he’ll receive a desperately desired noble title for himself. Upon arrival, Kahlen is embroiled in a grisly land battle with the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, who arrogantly believes the heath belongs to him. When two of de Schinkel’s mistreated workers flee, seeking refuge and opportunity with Kahlen, he swears revenge, doing everything in his power to drive the veteran soldier away. What follows is a grisly and unequal battle, with Kahlen refusing to be intimidated, and risking not only his life but the family of outsiders that have formed around him.

Based on Ida Jessen’s acclaimed novel, director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) has created a rousing epic tale, underpinned by an intimate love story and propelled by the commanding presence of Mads Mikkelsen who delivers a passionate, career-best performance.

Denmark’s submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award

Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival






Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden


Danish (English subtitles)


Nikolaj Arcel

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