Henrik Ruben Genz starts new film adapted from popular novel

Henrik Ruben Genz’s new drama, God Speaks Out, starts shooting this week in Denmark. The film is based on a 2004 autobiographical novel by Jens Blendstrup.

The story takes place in a house in Risskov, Denmark. Uffe reigns. Father, psycholigist and self-appointed almighty God, he rules his world with an iron – yet loving – hand. Uffe’s patients of many years have gradually become his disciples. His little congregation meet in these yellow-brown surroundings, where discussion is lively and drinking heavy.

Uffe has three sons. The oldest son, Mikkel, has left home. The middle son, Thomas, is trying to get his high-school equivalency degree, even while he’s afraid to leave the house, which he doesn’t dare tell God either. Thomas is protected by Gerd Lillian, the long-suffering good mother and wife and the family’s rock. Amidst all this stands the youngest son, Jens, on the cusp of adolescence and blessed with a “God-given” talent – he can write. A rebellion against God is quietly brewing among the three sons and Gerd Lillian.

In the leading role for the film is Søren Malling. His wife, Gerd, will be played by Swedish singer Lisa Nilsson.

Henrik Ruben Genz has directed several popular films including Satisfaction 1720, which premiered this year at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Danish theatrical release is set for September 2017.


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.