Director: Mikkel Serup

Starring Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lene Maria Christensen, Søren Malling, Arnold Oceng

Hansen’s marriage is a loving work relationship. He and his wife Hanne are business partners – he does the boxing and she does everything else. From housekeeping to negotiating contracts and stitching up split eyebrows. But Hansen’s fear of boxing makes him unable to hold up his end, and the family suffers as the bank is threatening to seize the house. As Jørgen is on the verge of hanging up his gloves to work full time at the shipyard, Hanne decides to accommodate the newly arrived African boxer, Ayub Kalule (22), in the family’s spare bedroom. Jørgen is not happy about having a younger, more talented fighter staying at his house. An African even! Though he opposes the African house guest – with the rent money from Kalule, he is able to keep fighting, in the hope that his time will come, but for a boxer in his mid-thirties, time is a luxury Hansen can’t afford and his marriage, as well as his unwillingness to confront his fear, is put to a test. Upon his arrival, Kalule is met with racism. Not only his skin colour but his superior skill, discipline and outspoken ambition is in stark contrast to his new Scandinavian home. Slowly, things start to change between Hansen and Kalule. And between Hansen and his wife. As he approaches a career defining moment of truth in the ring and within himself.

– Synopsis via the Danish Film Institute


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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.