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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #99. Henrik Ruben Genz’s Tordenskiold


Director: Henrik Ruben Genz // Writer: Erlend Loe

Danish director Genz is best known for his 2008 film Terribly Happy, which earned him comparison to the Coen Bros. and David Lynch. This past year, he made the underwhelming English language debut, Good People, which came and went without making any conversation. We’re excited to see him return to Denmark about an 18th century naval hero. Set in the year 1720, the story is about what happens to 29-year-old Tordenskiold when the Great Northern War ends and he doesn’t know what to do with the rest of his life. His trusted valet persuades him to go on a European ‘road trip’ to search for a bride.

Cast: Jakob Oftebro, Martin Buch, Leonora Ployart

Producer: Nimbus Films’ Lars Bredo Rahbek (Itsi Bitsi)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: With filming well underway, it’s hard to say where this will premiere, though Genz’s two most notable titles, Terribly Happy and Chinaman (2005) went to Karlovy Vary. Considering the subject matter, this might see a higher profile boost at a similar European fest.


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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