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The Kindness of Strangers

Malene Blenkov (Producer), Caleb Landry Jones (Actor), Zoe Kazan (Actress), Lone Scherfig (Director, Writer), Tahar Rahim (Actor), Bill Nighy (Actor), Andrea Riseborough (Actress)

Moderation: Anatol Weber

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Clara arrives in wintry New York with her two sons on the back seat of her car. The journey, which she has disguised as an adventure for her children’s sake, is soon revealed to be an escape from an abusive husband and father. He is a cop, and Clara is desperately trying to elude his attempts to pursue her. The three have little more than their car, and when this is towed away, they are left penniless on the street. But the big cold city shows mercy: in their search for refuge, the family meets a selfless nurse named Alice who arranges beds for them at an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ‘Winter Palace’, Clara meets an ex-con, Marc, who has been given the chance to help the old eatery regain its former glory. The ‘Winter Palace’ soon becomes a place of unexpected encounters between people who are all undergoing some sort of crisis and whom fate has now brought together. With a keen eye for character, Lone Scherfig explores human behaviour in extreme conditions. She depicts the harshness of life in the urban jungle, but she also demonstrates what can grow when strangers approach each other in friendship and with an open heart.

by
Lone Scherfig

Denmark / Canada / Sweden / Germany / France 2019

English

112’ · Colour

World premiere

With

Zoe Kazan (Clara)
Andrea Riseborough (Alice)
Tahar Rahim (Marc)
Caleb Landry Jones (Jeff)
Jay Baruchel (John Peter)
Bill Nighy (Timofey)

Crew

Written and directed by
Lone Scherfig
Director of Photography
Sebastian Blenkov
Editing
Cam McLauchlin
Music
Andrew Lockington
Sound Design
Hans Møller
Sound
Greg Chapman
Production Design
Carol Spier
Costumes
Louize Nissen
Make-up
Sarah Craig McEathron
Assistant Director
Reid Dunlop
Casting
Deirdre Bowen
Production Managers
Stephen Traynor, Kristina Kornum
Producers
Malene Blenkov, Sandra Cunningham
Co-producers
Patrick Ryborn, Peter Nadermann, Charles de Rosen
Co-production
Unlimited Stories, Stockholm
Nadcon Film, Köln
D'Artagnan, Paris

Biography

Lone Scherfig

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1959, she began directing commercials and television films. Her debut feature film, The Birthday Trip, screened in the 1991 Panorama. Her Dogma 95 film, Italian for Beginners, premiered in the Berlinale Competition, won the Silver Bear among other awards, and brought her international renown. After her first English-language film, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, also premiered at the festival, she returned to Berlin in 2009 with An Education. Her adaptation of the bestselling novel One Day became an international blockbuster in 2011.

Filmography

1998 On Our Own 2000 Italiensk for begyndere (Italienisch für Anfänger) 2002 Wilbur begår selvmord (Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself) 2007 Just Like Home 2009 An Education 2011 One Day (Zwei an einem Tag) 2014 The Riot Club 2016 Their Finest (Ihre beste Stunde) 2019 The Kindness of Strangers

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Creative Alliance
www.creativealliance.dk

Strada Films

World sales

HanWay Films
www.hanwayfilms.com