Before the Frost : Sun | February 3 | 6:15 PM | SilverCity #3
Before the Frost : Wed | February 6 | 6:15 PM | The Vic
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The fifth feature film from award-winning Danish filmmaker Michael Noer is a captivating period piece that follows a struggling farmer in 19th-century Denmark who must go against his morals and make a deal with a wealthy neighbour in order to secure his family’s survival over a harsh winter.
Noer’s film is anchored by a weighty performance from veteran Danish actor Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale, Melancholia) in the role of the patriarch Jens. The widowed and aging farmer with three children to provide for has been fighting to survive on a harsh, unyielding piece of land. When a pair of wealthy Swedes propose to buy part of his farm, he stubbornly refuses, hoping instead to partner with a neighbor who wants to marry his daughter, Signe. However, Jens is soon met with an offer can’t refuse and is forced to make a decision that could affect his family for generations to come.
With dogged cinematography and camera movement from Sturla Brandth Grovlen, Before the Frost offers a window into Denmark’s dark patriarchal past through moving performances from newcomer, Clara Rosager. Christensen, having worked with a stunning and diverse range of filmmakers, from Lone Scherfig to Lars von Trier to Jean-Marc Vallée, also played Mr. White in the latest Bond film. Don’t miss an opportunity to see this remarkable character in a memorable role.
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