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Sorgenfri

A small Danish town is ravaged by an unknown disease in this quiet chiller from Bo Mikkelsen.

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Director Bo Mikkelsen
Producers Sara Namer, Louis Tisné
Screenwriter Bo Mikkelsen
With Mikael Birkkjær, Troels Lyby, Mille Dinesen
Denmark 2015
85 mins
Sales Indie Sales

In the quiet Danish town of Sorgenfri, the Johansson family lead a contented life. However, their everyday routine is inexplicably shattered when a mysterious, apparently deadly flu-like virus hits the small community. As the neighbourhood is quarantined and families are held prisoner in their hermetically sealed houses, it becomes clear to teenager Gustav that he is being denied the truth about the lethal outbreak. With nothing to lose, he attempts to discover what is going on, which is more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. With the occasional nod to George Romero’s politically astute zombie films, or perhaps more significantly his tale of military biological warfare The Crazies, Bo Mikkelsen’s dystopian vision of a town held ransom to fear is a calm and measured work, more interested in atmosphere than easy scares. Rich in foreboding and rife with paranoia, this is a truly chilling pandemic thriller. Catch it while you can!

Michael Blyth

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