Irish Film Institute -THE PROMISED LAND



127 mins, Denmark-Sweden-Norway-Germany, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

Mads Mikkelsen brings his seemingly effortless charisma and intensity to bear in this engrossing historical drama which reunites him with director Nikolaj Arcel, with whom he worked on 2012’s A Royal Affair. Mikkelsen portrays the real life figure of Captain Ludvig

Kahlen, a man of poor origins who defied the usual trajectory for low-born men in 18th century Denmark and rose through the ranks of the military on the strength of his tenacity and valour. In 1755, Kahlen set out to cultivate the uninhabitable Heath of Jutland and ready it for settlers in the name of the King. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel (Simon Bennebjerg), who arrogantly believes the land belongs to him, will stop at nothing to thwart Kahlen’s efforts to tame the savage wilderness.

There will be Open Captioned screenings at 13.00 on Friday 16th and 20.30 on Wednesday 21st.

Notes by David O’Mahony

Book Tickets

Thursday 22nd