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Ækte Vare

A portrait of raw creativity and the bruising challenges of success on the fringes of the Danish rap scene, starring Danish rapper Gilli.

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  • Director Fenar Ahmad
  • Producers Morten Kjems Juhl, Nina Bisgaard
  • Screenwriter Anders Ølholm
  • With Kian Rosenberg Larsson, Rasmus Hammerich, Marijana Jankovic, Ali Sivandi, Benny Jamz
  • Denmark 2014
  • 89 mins
  • Sales Beo Films

Mikael (Kian Rosenberg Larsson aka Danish rapper Gilli) and his hip-hop-loving crew of friends from the Copenhagen ‘projects’ have achieved a small level of success with their high-rise beats. He is clearly the talent of the group, a natural in terms of his rhymes and performance. It’s no surprise that he comes to the attention of established and successful rapper Apollo, who sees Mikael’s skills as a means to refresh and bolster his own somewhat waning career. Collaboration with Apollo offers success, money, drugs, sex and booze... What could have been just another rags-to-riches story in less inspired hands is animated here by fresh performances, slick visuals and a knockout soundtrack. Debut director Fenar Ahmed presents an authentic portrait of raw creativity and the bruising challenges of success in this striking and hugely entertaining film.

Sarah Lutton

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