Icon Film Distribution, a film distributor based in the UK, has acquired the rights to distribute the Danish period drama film, “The Promised Land,” starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film is a Nordic Western and marks the reunion of Mikkelsen and director Nikolaj Arcel, who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed film “A Royal Affair.” “A Royal Affair” received an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature and helped launch the career of its co-star, Alicia Vikander.
In “The Promised Land,” Mikkelsen portrays Captain Kahlen, an 18th-century soldier who faces numerous challenges in cultivating the barren Jutland heath and establishing a settlement there. However, his efforts are met with opposition from local landowner Frederik De Schinkel, played by Simon Bennebjerg. De Schinkel fears that the arrival of settlers will weaken his position as lord of the realm. The film is based on Ida Jessen’s Danish bestseller “The Captain and Ann Barbara” and is inspired by real events, although the story itself is fictional. Amanda Collin and Gustav Lindh also co-star in the film.
“The Promised Land” premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, receiving positive reviews. The film’s international sales are being handled by TrustNordisk, who closed a U.S. deal with Magnolia Pictures prior to its Venice debut. The film has been sold to various territories, including Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and Poland, among others.
Icon Film Distribution negotiated the U.K. deal with TrustNordisk’s managing director, Susan Wendt, and Josh Thomashow, Head of Acquisitions at Icon. Alongside the U.K. distribution rights, TrustNordisk has released English-language character posters for the film, showcasing Mikkelsen, Bennebjerg, Collin, and others.
“The Promised Land” tells a captivating story set in a unique historical period, offering a blend of drama, action, and Western elements. With Mads Mikkelsen’s exceptional performance and the talent behind the camera, including director Nikolaj Arcel, the film is expected to captivate audiences with its compelling narrative, stunning visuals, and powerful performances.
The acquisition of “The Promised Land” by Icon Film Distribution further strengthens the company’s commitment to bringing quality international films to U.K. audiences. Icon Film Distribution has a track record of releasing critically acclaimed films and has established itself as a leading distributor in the U.K. market.
The distribution of “The Promised Land” in the U.K. will provide British audiences with the opportunity to experience the captivating story and remarkable performances of Mads Mikkelsen and the ensemble cast. The film’s depiction of the struggles and conflicts faced by Captain Kahlen in his pursuit of establishing a settlement will resonate with audiences, offering a thought-provoking exploration of human resilience, determination, and the pursuit of a better future.
As the film continues to garner attention and receive positive reviews, its acquisition by Icon Film Distribution ensures that “The Promised Land” will reach a wider audience, allowing more viewers to appreciate the film’s artistry and storytelling. With its release in the U.K., the film is poised to make a significant impact and further solidify its reputation as a must-see period drama.
In conclusion, Icon Film Distribution has acquired the U.K. distribution rights for “The Promised Land,” a Danish period drama starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, explores the challenges faced by Captain Kahlen in his quest to cultivate the barren Jutland heath and establish a settlement. Through its captivating storyline and stellar performances, “The Promised Land” promises to resonate with audiences and further establish Mikkelsen as a versatile and talented actor. The acquisition of the film by Icon Film Distribution ensures that U.K. audiences will have the opportunity to experience this compelling period drama and adds to the company’s reputation as a leading film distributor.