THE PROMISED LAND. In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the uninhabitable Danish heath in the name of the King. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel, who believes the land belongs to him, swears revenge when the maid Ann Barbara and her serf husband escape for refuge with Kahlen.

From BAFTA nominated writer and director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this epic film stars BAFTA nominee Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Another Round), Amanda Collin (Raised by Wolves), Simon Bennebjerg (Borgen), Kristine Kujath Thorp (Sick of Myself) and Gustav Lindh (The Northman).

This powerful Nordic western had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was in competition for the coveted Golden Lion. It was also selected for TIFF and Telluride Film Festival in 2023, earning strong reviews. The Promised Land has been chosen as Denmark’s entry for Best International Feature at the Oscars, with Mikkelsen awarded best ‘European Actor’ at the European Film Awards.



February 16, 2024


Nikolaj Arcel


Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen, Ida Jessen


Icon Film Distribution


Biography, Drama, History, Western