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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #120. The Day We Died – Ole Christian Madsen

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #120. The Day We Died – Ole Christian Madsen

The Day We Died

Denmark’s Ole Christian Madsen has elected to commemorate the 2015 terrorist attacks on Copenhagen with his latest film, The Day We Died (previously known as The Attack on Copenhagen and also Notat). Following in the footsteps of increasingly popular reenactments of terrorist attacks (2018 saw two renditions of the 2011 Oslo attacks, from Erik Poppe and Paul Greengrass, respectively), this ends a six-year hiatus for Madsen. Produced by Malene Blenkov and lensed by John Christian Rosenlund (1001 Grams, 2014; The Wave, 2015), Madsen gets a high-profile cast led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, supported by Jakob Oftbro, Sonja Richter and Nikolaj Kopernikus. Madsen’s perhaps best known for his 2008 WWII drama Flame & Citron and 2001 drama Kira’s Reason. His 2013 title SuperClasico, which featured Paprika Steen, was Denmark’s submission for the Best Foreign Language nominee.

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Gist: In re-creating the events which happened on February 14th and 15th, 2015, wherein a gunman committed two shootings, killing two people and himself, Madsen’s film, scripted by Lars Kristian Andersen, recreates 48 hours in the lives of four people leading up to the murders.

Release Date/Prediction: A March 2020 Danish theatrical release has been scheduled, which means if Madsen gets any festival play, it will likely depend on Berlin.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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