The second feature from Frederikke Aspöck, titled Rosita, will celebrate its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival this month as part of the Out of Competition Section.
Rosita, starring Mikkel Følsgaard (The Legacy), is an intimate triangle drama about a father and son who fall in love with the same woman. Johannes (Følsgaard) lives with his father, the middle-aged widower Ulrik (Jens Albinus), in a small fishing town in Denmark. They live a quiet routine life, each minding their separate jobs in the fishing industry. Ulrik misses the love and tenderness of a woman and arranges for the young, beautiful Filipina, Rosita (Mercedes Cabral), to come to Denmark – as many other men in town have done before him. Johannes is reluctantly drawn into this as Ulrik’s translator.
Other Nordic films screening at the festival are The Visit and The Look of Silence.
Silver Bear winner Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
“Rosita” features the popular rising actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin 2012 for his first film role as King Christian VII in Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair.” He has received great recognition, including a Danish Academy Award, as one of the leads in DR’s drama series “The Legacy.” He is supported by Jens Albinus (“The Idiots”, “Nymphomaniac”) and Filipino actress Mercedes Cabral (“Serbis,” “Kinatay”).
The film opened in Denmark on 16 April, where critics highlighted the character portrayals and performances.
“Frederikke Asböck manages to create equally sympathy for Ulrik, John, and Rosita, who is more than an exotic prop. In particular, the relationship between father and son is beautifully attuned, and credibility holds up into an ending that is both brutal and truthful. Jens Albinus and Mikkel Følsgaard both have an aura of life and self-conscious complexity. Here, they play quiet Northern Jutlanders, who are in the realm of their senses and take things as they come. They do so quite excellently,” wrote Bo Green Jensen in Weekendavisen.
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The film is written by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Thomas Heinesen for Nordisk Film. TrustNordisk handles international sales.