New US Trailer for Danish Biopic 'The Pact' Starring Birthe Neumann
by Alex Billington
January 21, 2022
"This could change everything. I can write without feeling guilty." Juno Films has released the official US trailer for an acclaimed Danish biopic titled The Pact, which originally opened in theaters in Denmark last year. The film examines the intense friendship between Karen Blixen, the Danish author best known for her autobiographical novel "Out of Africa" (written under the pen name "Isak Dinesen") and Thorkild Bjørnvig, a young and promising poet. She offers him a Faustian bargain and promises him stardom if he will obey her unconditionally. What a strange relationship. From director Bille August comes this sterling adaptation of Bjørnvig's bestselling memoir. Birthe Neumann stars as Karen Blixen, joined by Simon Bennebjerg, Nanna Skaarup Voss, Asta Kamma August, Anders Heinrichsen, and Marie Mondrup. This looks like a smart character study of an arrogant woman going mad at the end of her life. Perhaps worth a watch.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Bille August's The Pact, direct from Juno's YouTube:
It's 1948 and 63-year-old "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen (pen name: Isak Dinesen / played by Birthe Neumann) is a lonely literary sensation devastated by syphilis and mourning her lost love, until she meets talented 30-year-old poet Thorkild Bjørnvig (Simon Bennebjerg). She offers him a Faustian bargain and promises him stardom if he will obey her unconditionally. As her demands become more pernicious, he must choose between Blixen's promise of fame or his family. The Pact, also known as Pagten in Danish, is directed by the prolific Danish filmmaker Bille August, director of many films including Zappa, Buster's World, Pelle the Conqueror, Jerusalem, Les Misérables, A Song for Martin, Goodbye Bafana, Night Train to Lisbon, Silent Heart, In Harm's Way, 55 Steps, A Fortunate Man previously. The screenplay is written by Christian Torpe, adapted from Thorkild Bjørnvig's memoirs. This first opened in Denmark last summer, and played at the Beijing Film Festival. Juno releases The Pact in select US theaters on February 11th, 2022.
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