“A gripping, superbly acted account” (Variety) — on December 8, see the gripping new Danish autobiographical film Daniel (Denmark, 2019; dir. Niels Arden Oplev) in New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House!
In 2013, Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye (Esben Smed) was kidnapped by ISIS while documenting the civilian refugee crisis in Syria. Over his next 13 months of captivity, Rye endured torture, beatings, and threats of execution, first on his own and then alongside 19 other international hostages, including the American journalist James Foley. Based on the book by Puk Damsgård, Daniel follows Rye’s experiences through capture and captivity, his relationships with other prisoners, and the Rye family’s fears that they may never see their son alive again; while hostage negotiator Arthur navigates for their release with the Islamic State and Danish government, Daniel struggles to survive. (138 min. In Danish and English with English subtitles)
“A polished, moving, muscular thriller that never exploits or simplistically reduces its real-life horrors for entertainment value”—Variety
Film screenings will take place as a 3 PM matinee and 7 PM evening showing. Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance online at the link above; film screenings will take place in Victor Borge Hall. All attendees are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival in compliance with New York State government; read more here. Attendees are required to follow all Scandinavia House safety protocols, including wearing masks during the program and observing social distancing rules in signage. Please read our full safety protocols here.
About the Director
Pamela Tola is a Finnish actress, writer and director. She has received three Jussi nominations and starred in films such as Frozen Land (2005), Lapland Odyssey (2010) and Aurora (2019). She has a MA in Theatre Arts from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki. Ladies of Steel is her second feature film as a writer and director.