New film about the hours after the occupation of Denmark

april 9

When the Germans in 1940 crossed the South Jutland limit – and before it was known that the government had already surrendered –  they took the Danish soldiers fight. It portrayed in Roni Ezra’s upcoming feature film “April 9”, which is currently being recorded on location in Haderslev with regional film support from the DFI.

On the night of April 9, 1940,  the Danish army were alerted the Germans have crossed the border, and Denmark was at war against Europe’s strongest army.

In NSW ordered a Danish vanguard consisting of bicycle and motorcycle squads out, against all odds, to curb the power until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized.

In the fateful hours, we follow a second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bike sharing. They must be the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in battle.

“April 9” directed by Roni Ezra screenplay by Tobias Lindholm and produced by René Ezra and Tomas Radoor for Nordisk Film with support from the Danish Film Institute / CMO and regional film support in the context of ongoing recordings in Haderslev.

“April 9” is expected to premiere in spring 2015.

via the Danish Film Institute, translated.

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.