Intrigued by the current turn towards genre cinema throughout Scandinavia? Well, then, remember the name of Danish writer-director Bo Mikkelsen and his feature debut, What We Become
. Because you'll be hearing a lot
about this one.
Though the film has just wrapped principal photography I had the chance to see Mikkelsen's earlier short film Tabu
some time ago along with a test reel for this film while also having the chance to read the script and it's an absolute stunner
, filled to the brim with that potent blend of rich characters and a sense of realism that keeps things rooted firmly to the ground no matter how dark they get. I won't spoil anything in terms of story, but here's the official synopsis:
The Johansson family's idyllic summer is brought to an abrupt halt as deaths stack up from a virulent strand of the flu. The authorities start off by cordoning-off the neighbourhood, but soon panic and force the inhabitants into quarantine in their hermetically-sealed houses. Isolated from the rest of the world, teen Gustav spies out and realises that the situation is getting out of control. He breaks out, but soon the family of four comes under attack from the riotous, blood-thirsty mob who forces them to the extreme to escape alive.
What you're seeing up above is the first shot from the film featuring Benjamin Engell as Gustav and Marie Boda as Sonja. Keep an eye out for more.
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