Dir: Niels Arden Oplev|Denmark|2006|109 mins|12A
The ICO are pleased to announce that Niels Arden Oplev’s award winning We Shall Overcome is now available for non-theatrical bookings on DVD.
It’s 1969 in provincial Denmark and 13 year old Frits is being bullied by his brutal headmaster as well as trying to cope with his father’s breakdown and keep his family together. Listening to records of Martin Luther King’s speeches gives Frits the inspiration to fight back at the old world repressive regimes at work in his community and spread the winds of change.
This award-winning family film is beautifully acted and sensitively directed, full of exquisite moments both painful and pleasurable and with a central character that we are rooting for all the way.
The film will have additional appeal to fans of recent Scandinavian crime drama, featuring performances from Bent Mejding, Anders W. Berthelsen and Kurt Ravn, all familiar faces to fans of The Killing, seen here in a very different 1960s context.
"Leaps and bounds with the energy of Billy Elliot and has a face with a thousand thoughts. Unmissable" The Guardian
"A brilliant snapshot of childhood, We Shall Overcome benefits from strong performances and its lovingly rendered, sun-kissed Danish countryside. It may share themes with countless movies (If…, Evil, Dead Poets Society et al) but it imbues them with a freshness that’s both compelling and moving." **** Ian Winterton, Hot Dog
“Why cultural film is no longer a secret, independent cinema is thriving against the odds, says the ICO's Catherine Des Forges, and closer to home than Hollywood”
Read the full article on the Culture Professionals Blog, The Guardian
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