Award winning director Niels Arden Oplev’s latest film, ROSE, takes place over the course of an eventful week that focuses on the depth of the relationship between two sisters, Inger and Ellen, and how their connection will be tested on a highly anticipated coach trip to Paris. When Inger announces her struggles with mental health to the group, the sisters are faced with pity from some and downright discrimination from others. On arrival in Paris, it soon becomes clear that Inger has a hidden agenda concerning a figure from her past, ultimately involving the entire group in her hunt for answers. The film stars Sofie Gråbøl (star of the hit Danish drama series, “The Killing”) and Lena Maria Christensen. ROSE is a film about love and care for each other, in spite of our differences, as much as it is a film about not judging a book by its cover. After its release in Denmark, ROSE received a number of nominations and accolades from the Danish Film Association and Denmark’s Bodil Awards, including Best Actress at the Bodil Awards and Best Supporting Actress at both the Bodil Awards and Danish Film Association Awards. Director and writer Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon, We Shall Overcome) joins us for a conversation on how a personal inspiration for making ROSE helped him meet the challenge of creating an empathetic and entertaining film about mental illness, and why securing the acting duo Sofie Gråbøl (“Forbrydelsen”/”The Killing”) and Lena Maria Christensen (The Legacy) was crucial to critical and commercial success of the film.
Available Digitally Beginning December 26th, 2023
About the filmmaker – Director / Producer / Writer Niels Arden Oplev graduated from National Film School of Denmark in 1989 and made an impressive debut with his student work WINTER’S END, starring screen legend Max Von Sydow, which was nominated for a student Academy Award. His feature debut PORTLAND (1996) was the first and most controversial film in the “new wave” of Danish films from the mid nineties. The film, portraying a violent underground in the northern and rural part of Denmark, was selected for competition at the Berlinale Film Festival, and went on to open Danish film week in Lincoln Center in NYC to great critical acclaim. In addition to his feature work he directed International Emmy Award winning series including UNIT ONE (for which he directed the pilot episode) and THE EAGLE. He returned to the Berlinale with his third feature WE SHALL OVERCOME, which won the Crystal Bear, and his fourth feature WORLDS APART. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2010), based on the book from Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, is Niels’ fifth feature film. It is the best selling Scandinavian film ever, best selling European film of 2009 and the only Scandinavian film ever to reach more than $100 million in box office. The film was released worldwide to much acclaim, winning the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language. He then directed MILLENIUM, the International Emmy winning series based on the books, the Steven Speilberg produced Stephen King adaptation UNDER THE DOME, and the pilot episode of the hit series MR ROBOT. In addition he has directed the pilot episodes of Dick Wolf’s FBI, and VIKINGS: VALHALLA. Up next for Oplev is the WW2 drama THIRTY-THREE, which stars Mark Strong and Silver Bear winning actress Paula Beer. It is based on the true story of Josef Hartinger, deputy prosecutor in Germany’s Weimar Republic in 1933.