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SIFF presents ‘The Promised Land’ premiere Feb. 2-8

Mads Mikkelsen stars in epic new drama set in 18th century Denmark

Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to tame an uninhabitable land and build a colony in the name of the King in ‘The Promised Land’. Braving the elements, Kahlen is joined by a couple who has escaped the area’s merciless ruler, igniting a conflict that threatens his life, and the family of outsiders that has formed around him. (Courtesy/ SIFF)

Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to tame an uninhabitable land and build a colony in the name of the King in ‘The Promised Land’. Braving the elements, Kahlen is joined by a couple who has escaped the area’s merciless ruler, igniting a conflict that threatens his life, and the family of outsiders that has formed around him. (Courtesy/ SIFF)


Originally Published: January 31, 2024 11:57 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of ‘The Promised Land’ showing Feb. 2-8 at the Mary D. Fisher and Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatres.

‘The Promised Land’ — from Denmark — is shortlisted for the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film.

In 18th century Denmark, Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) — a proud, ambitious, but impoverished war hero — sets out to tame a vast, uninhabitable land on which seemingly nothing can grow. He seeks to start farming crops, build a colony in the name of the King, and gain a noble title for himself.

This beautiful but forbidding area also happens to be under the rule of the merciless Frederik De Schinkel, a preening nobleman who realizes the threat Kahlen represents to his power.

Struggling against the elements and local brigands, Kahlen is joined by a couple who have fled the clutches of the rapacious De Schinkel. As this group of misfits begins to build a small community in this inhospitable place, De Schinkel swears vengeance, and the confrontation between him and Kahlen promises to be as violent and intense as these two men.

Showtimes will be Friday, Sunday and Thursday at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5 and 7 at 3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.