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Jesper Christiansen to star in Michael Noer’s new film A BETTER LIFE

The Danish actor Jesper Christensen stars in the new film A Better Life (Danish: Et bedre liv), which is directed by the established Danish director, Michael Noer.

The film is a period piece set in the 19th century where the Danish way of life in the countryside is incredibly difficult. With another harsh winter ahead, the farmer Jens (Christensen) has to make difficult decisions regarding the future of his farm and family. He comes to an agreement with a nearby wealthy farmer, sacrificing many of his morals and possessions in order to give his family a better life.

The film narrative follows many conventions of the heritage film, a long tradition in Danish cinema. In the 1980’s, two Danish films won Academy Awards and both are also heritage films. These two films are Pelle the Conqueror and Babette’s Feast.

The all-star cast for A Better Life includes Ghita Nørby, Elliott Crosset HoveGustav Dyekjær GieseMagnus KrepperRasmus Hammerich and Clara Rosager.

Michael Noer found international attention with 2013’s gangster film Northwest, as well as the prison drama R. His latest film is a remake of the Hollywood classic Papillion.

A Better Life just wrapped shooting on the Danish island of Zealand. The release date is set for the beginning of 2019.

 

 

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.