Press release: The Promise Land By Nikolaj Arcel Selected for the 48th Toronto International Film Festival

By TrustNordisk



The highly anticipated epic drama THE PROMISED LAND by Nikolaj Arcel has today been selected for Toronto International Film Festival as part of this year's prominent line-up and in the Special Presentations programme (September 7- 17, 2023).

Copenhagen, 10 August 2023 – Today, THE PROMISED LAND has been officially selected for the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. The selection comes only weeks after Nikolaj Arcel and Zentropa's grand and epic drama, featuring Mads Mikkelsen in the leading role was selected for Competition at the film festival in Venice and it has now also been selected for Special Presentations at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. 

Epic drama with Mads Mikkelsen in the lead
THE PROMISED LAND is a gripping drama, based on true events about one man's steely quest to create his own fortune and to change the map of Denmark forever. But in his pursuit of wealth and honor, he risks sacrificing love and losing those he cares about. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director, Nikolaj Arcel (A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2012) and co-scripted with Danish screenwriter and director Anders Thomas Jensen (RIDERS OF JUSTICE, 2020).

Renowned actor Mads Mikkelsen (INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY, 2023; ANOTHER ROUND, 2020) stars in the leading role of the famed Danish explorer, Captain Ludvig Kahlen alongside Amanda Collin (RAISED BY WOLVES, 2020-22), Simon Bennebjerg (BORGEN, 2022) together with Gustav Lindh (RIDERS OF JUSTICE, 2020; QUEEN OF HEARTS, 2019) and Kristine Kujath Thorp (SICK OF MYSELF, 2022).  
THE PROMISED LAND is produced by Louise Vesth (THE KINGDOM EXODUS, 2022; A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2012; MELANCHOLIA, 2011) for Zentropa Entertainments.

Worldwide anticipation 
Estimated to be one of Zentropa’s biggest feature films in years and with a budget of EUR 8M, the feature has already received massive attention in Denmark, within the industry and is highly anticipated globally with more than 50 territories already sold, including: US (Magnolia Pictures), Canada (Mongrel Media), Germany (Plaion), France (The Jokers Films), Poland (Best Film), Spain (Divisa Red) and many more underlining the immense attention that the film has received worldwide. 

In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal; to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he'll receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, arrogantly believes this land belongs to him. When de Schinkel learns that the maid Ann Barbara and her serve husband have escaped for refuge with Kahlen, the privileged and spiteful ruler swears revenge, doing everything in his power to drive the captain away. Kahlen will not be intimidated and takes up the unequal battle - not only risking his life, but also the family of outsiders that has formed around him.

Inspired by true events, THE PROMISED LAND is a gripping drama about the conquest of the heath, the tale of a proud and uncompromising man, and the woman who becomes his ally in the fight against evil, death and perdition.

Produced by Zentropa Entertainments ApS in co-production with Zentropa Berlin GmbH, Zentropa Sweden AB in cooperation with TV2 Denmark, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SVT, PLAION PICTURES in co-production with Film i Väst with support from Danish Film Institute Markedsordningen, Eurimages, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Czech Film Fund and Swedish Film Institute. Developed by the Creative Europe Media Programme – Media of the European Union. Domestics distribution through Nordisk Film. International sales handled by TrustNordisk. 

THE PROMISED LAND will be released widely in Denmark on 5 October 2023. 

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Film info

Film title

The Promised Land


Nikolaj Arcel


Historical Drama


127 min