Top Danish/German WWII thriller opens wide
by Annika Pham
Period film Flame & Citron [+see also:
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Director Ole Christian Madsen (Prague [+see also:
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Starring Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen as the two legendary resistance fighters Flame and Citron, the film has attracted a lot of attention at home because of its exceptionally large budget (€6.5m) and because it deals with a darker part of Danish history never before brought to screens.
According to producer Lars Bredo Rahbek (Nimbus Film), however, the story also has a universal dimension in the sense that it questions the role that native people sometimes take on when fighting against a foreign invasion. “If you look at the situation today with the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan, it continuously raises the question: are the people who refuse to surrender and who resist terrorists or are they freedom fighters? So although this film takes place in Denmark, I think it has some great relevance for audiences around the world. Plus, it’s not a typical period film. It’s structured like a thriller.”
A Eurimages co-production between Denmark’s Nimbus Film and Germany’s Wüste Film, Flame & Citron was co-financed by the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, Sirena Film (Czech Republic), Studio Babelsberg, Filmförderfonds Hamburg, MBB Berlin Brandeburg, the new Deutsche Filmförderfonds, 4½ Production (Norway), and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. According to Rahbek, a total of 23 international investors were involved in the project.
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