Ole Bornedal’s new biopic proves popular with Danish audiences

Ole Bornedal’s new biopic As Long as I Live (Så længe jeg lever) has been released in Denmark, and on its opening weekend sold 91,500 tickets.

These numbers make it the best opening weekend for a Danish film since The Hunt in 2013. It is also the highest-grossing film since The Reunion 3 (Klassefesten 3).

As Long as I Live is a biopic about John Mogensen, a Danish singer and pianist. He started as a member of the song quartet Four Jacks before debuting as a solo singer. He was known for his combination of traditional pop and folk songs. The film follows him throughout his life as an artist, husband and father, ending with his untimely death. After passing away, he achieved cult status in Denmark, with even a musical being made about him.

As Long as I Live stars Rasmus Bjerg, Helle Fagralid, Anders Heinrichsen, Peter Mygind & Harald Kaiser Hermann. It is produced by Jonas Allen & Peter Bose for Miso Film.

No details have been announced about an international release.

You can watch the trailer (in Danish) below:

You can listen to some John Mogensen here:



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.