It's 1948 and 63-year-old "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen (pen name: Isak Dinesen) is a lonely literary sensation — until she meets talented 30-year-old poet Thorkild Bjørnvig. She promises him stardom if he will obey her unconditionally. From director Bille August (PELLE THE CONQUEROR) comes this sterling adaptation of Bjørnvig's bestselling memoir.

Director: Bille August. Denmark, 2021, 115 min. In Danish with English subtitles.



DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Karen Blixen’s authorship has always fascinated me, and likewise her charismatic, self-promoting and extravagant personality, especially expressed in her spectacular and odd relation to the young, promising and ambitious poet Thorkild Bjørnvig. What fascinates me in that relationship is the suggestive mutual dependency where they enter into a pact, a pact that means spiritual allegiance, but also has dramatic consequences for their nearest surroundings. But, as Blixen has promised Bjørnvig, the pact first and foremost means that he actually becomes a better writer. Because as she sees it, and as the film tries to tell, as a human you have an obligation to live out your potential. Everyone is endowed with a talent, and it is our job to live it out. Only that way you can be redeemed as a human being…



PLAYDATES
AFI
Thurs, Dec. 2, 4:15 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.; Mon, Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m.