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Nordic Film Festival

In Your Arms

(I dine hænder)

Dir: Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, 2015, Denmark, 88 mins, Cert TBC

Sun 10 January 2016 // 17:45

Tickets: £5 / £4

Maria (Lisa Carlehed) is a young and caring nurse who wants to break free. Niels (Peter Plaugborg) is an incurable patient who wants to travel to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. Together they embark on an intense journey that will bring them closer to each other, but also closer to their dreams.

A provocative query into what makes life worth living, this naturalistic, lyrically lensed tale of a bitter, late-thirty-something Danish man suffering from a fast-moving motor-neuron disease and the enigmatic nurse persuaded to deliver him into the hands of a Dignitas-like organization in Switzerland, is a multiple award-winner.

Equal parts road movie, chamber play, tragedy and love story, the film follows its protagonists on an odyssey that takes them from Denmark through Germany to Switzerland. There is much to admire in the strong, sometimes naked, never sentimental acting of Carlehed and Plaugborg, sensitively captured in close-up by DoP Brian Curt Petersen, as well as the expressive editing by expert cutter Theis Schmidt. Now clearly a director to watch, débuting feature director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm was born in France and moved to Denmark in 2001. He started working at Lars von Trier’s Zentropa production house the following year and von Trier serves as creative producer here.

he 4th edition of Nordic Film Festival brings together another diverse mix of features, docs and shorts from the Nordic region. Take your pick from an exciting range of films: from some of our regular themes – human stories, horizons, music, art and design – to political thriller, extreme adventure, and even sci-fi, alongside some fantastic special events. So join us on another cinematic ride to the far north and beyond!