Worth Watching - Feb 22: Flame and Citron Trailer
by Alex Billington
February 22, 2009
Flame & Citron is a thrilling Danish WWII film about two freedom fighters and assassins named Flame (played by Thure Lindhardt, left above) and Citron (played by Mads Mikkelsen, right above). I first saw it at the Telluride Film Festival last year and was considerably impressed, as it's an unrelenting and entirely non-Hollywood kind of WWII film with some exceptional performances. The two are assigned to go kill high ranking Nazis in Denmark and are subsequently heralded as national heroes. This is based on reality as well, which makes it all the more fascinating to watch. I will definitely suggest this to anyone interested.
In my Telluride review, I gave Flame & Citron a 7 out of 10, and said, "I was definitely surprised walking out by how much I enjoyed this… this could be a big Oscar contender for Denmark." Thoughts?
Watch the first trailer for Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron:
For more info, head over to the official website: FlameandCitron.com
Flame & Citron aka Flammen & Citronen is directed by Danish filmmaker Ole Christian Madsen, of Pizza King, Kira's Reason, and Prague previously. The screenplay was co-written by Madsen and fellow Danish writer Lars Andersen, of Sinan's Wedding and Pizza King previously. The film is inspired by the real life stories of freedom fighters Bent Faurschou-Hviid (aka "Flame") and Jorgen Haagen Schmith (aka "Citron") in Denmark during World War II. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last year and was picked up by IFC Films. Flame & Citron will arrive in limited theaters starting on March 9th.