First Trailer for Danish Film 'Queen of Hearts' Premiering at Sundance

January 23, 2019
Source: YouTube

Queen of Hearts Trailer

"Sometimes what happens and what must never happen are the same thing." This is going to get people talking. The first official trailer has debuted for a Danish film titled Queen of Hearts, which is premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival starting this week. This erotic, intuitive drama is about a woman who jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences. Iconic Danish actress Trine Dyrholm stars as Anne, with a cast including Magnus Krepper, Gustav Lindh, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Diem Camille Gbogou, Mads Wille, Preben Kristensen, and Peter Khouri. I've already heart great things about this, and from the looks of it here, it's a very smart, subversive, complex film that's going to turn some heads. Take a look.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for May el-Toukhy's Queen of Hearts, direct from YouTube:

Queen of Hearts Film

From Sundance: "Anne, a successful lawyer, lives in a beautiful modernist home with her two daughters and physician husband, Peter. Yet when Gustav, Peter’s troubled teenage son from another relationship, comes to live with them, Anne forms an intimate bond with Gustav that jeopardizes her perfect life. And what initially seems like a liberating move for Anne soon turns into a disturbing story of power, betrayal, and responsibility with devastating consequences." Queen of Hearts is directed by Danish filmmaker May el-Toukhy, director of the films White Man's Burden and Long Story Short previously. The screenplay is by Maren Louise Käehne and May el-Toukhy. This is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month. It's scheduled to open this March in Denmark, but no other openings are set yet. Stay tuned. First impression?

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Dam!!! I'm in!

CyraNOSE on Jan 23, 2019


It is interesting. But like many other ideas for film, it depends on how it is done ...

shiboleth on Jan 23, 2019


I agree with shiboleth. This is pretty heavy, complex stuff. Older gal and a much younger guy who is her step-son. This kind of behavior destroys people and families all for sexual satisfaction? Or what? Like you say, it depends on how it's done and how they tell the tale, so to speak. I'd like to see it...or at least read some reviews and other such reactions to it whenever it comes out.

thespiritbo on Jan 23, 2019


Yes, complex it is. What I don't like about these stories which are dealing with sexual freedoms is that they take on personal issues, personal destinies. I know it's hard to tell the story any other way, but telling such a story through some personal passions and desires is mostly story about personal frustrations. Is that what we really have to say about sexual desire, only to compromise it as a personal frustration? Of course, things can be more complicated than that, but still, this looks like moralizing to me. Nothing more...

shiboleth on Jan 24, 2019


Interesting reply. I have to give it a little more thought as I didn't pick up on the moralizing thing that you did. It just looked more like presenting it and the pain and suffering doing something like that can cause. I would hope that they don't moralize, but you might be right as even making a film about the pain this behavior causes can be considered moralizing...even if it's true regarding the pain it causes others.

thespiritbo on Jan 24, 2019


I didn't want to be awkward or ignorant of the pain in people's lives. But when the sexual desire comes to the fore people mostly talk only about the pain. Which is strange to me, regardless people's choices about sex do and can cause the pain to others. But than again, what's left for a person, to struggle with one's desires and its restraining? Sounds pretty ascetic narrowing perspective to me. And is a part of long tradition, which is centuries old and it doesn't solve any problem. The bottom line; I do appreciate the argument about the pain, but I also think that people shouldn't avoid where their desires take them. Both of these aspects are important. This is European film, their makers might be more open to all that what I just described (honestly, I would believe less in American film makers in that respect) and that might make it interesting ...

shiboleth on Jan 27, 2019


I like that poster for its creativity, but the movie itself isn't my cuppa tea.

DAVIDPD on Jan 25, 2019

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