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Sons of Denmark

From Friday 13th December

Director: Ulaa Salim

Starring: Zaki Youssef, Mohammed Ismail Mohammed, Imad Abul-Foul, Rasmus Bjerg, Ozcem Saglanmak

Rating: 15

Denmark 2019, 120mins

Denmark 2025. One year after a major bomb attack in Copenhagen radicalisation around the country has intensified and ethnic tensions are running high. The next parliamentary election is near, and the extremely nationalist political leader Martin Nordahl is set for a landslide victory. 19-year old Zakaria gets involved in a radical organisation, where he forms a bond with Ali. The two men cannot agree with the current state of the country, which is turning on its own citizens because of their migration background, and decide to act. However, they are both just tools in the hands of people with power. As the men try to make their mark, their brotherhood will be tested and their actions will have grave consequences on their lives.

With hints of Martin Scorsese and Jacques Audiard, Ulaa Salim taps into a political climate that will feel all too familiar for audiences across Europe. An ambitious film that marks Ulaa Salim as a talent to keep an eye on; he was awarded best director for Sons of Denmark at the Seattle Film Festival.