Bold, provocative, and irritating. Childish, petulant, and oversexed. All this can be said of an early 18th-century Danish–Norwegian, the Great Northern war hero Peter Wessel Tordenskjold. These descriptors apply just as well to Satisfaction 1720, a bawdy film romp based very loosely on Tordenskjold’s short, colourful life. Norwegian director Henrik Ruben Genz’s modern take on the outlandish adventures of Tordenskjold and his manservant Kold recalls Sophia Coppola’s mash-up Marie Antoinette, which featured that teenage monarch in Converse sneakers.

In Satisfaction 1720 Norwegian heart-throb Jakob Oftebro (Kon . . .


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Brenda Benthien

Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature.