Danish Christmas film enchants audiences around the world

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies, especially in Scandinavia where Christmas is hugely celebrated.

The new Danish Christmas film Get Santa has proven so popular it has received great reviews from Australia, France, the UK, and Denmark, among others.

Get Santa is set in an orphanage in the 1930’s. The main character, eight-year-old Julius, is an outsider who secretly believes in Santa Claus. When he is confronted with the fact that Santa Claus may just be the headmaster of the orphanage dressing up, Julius loses not only his belief in Santa but also the belief in himself. Suddenly, something strange happens and Julius finds himself in a magic world.

The film is directed by Jacob Ley, a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark in 2006. It used a mixture of 2D and 3D animation along with deep Nordic tradition as a huge source of inspiration.

The film premiered in Australia and New Zealand back in October, followed by the UK, Denmark, and France. Get Santa is now about to premiere in Sweden and Norway. Release dates are also scheduled for Belgium and The Netherlands.

Pictured: the UK film poster

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.