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Deliver Us From Evil

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Deliver Us From Evil

(Fri Os fra det Onde)
Sponsored by: Evokative Films

Montreal Premiere

  • Denmark 2009
  • 93 min
  • 35mm
  • Danish with English subtitles
WINNER: Best Film, Noves Vision Section, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival 2009



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“You'll be on the edge of your seat'' — Norman Wilner, NOW

"Awesome, with a sneaky left hook... A confident film of escalating tension" — AIN’T IT COOL


Director: Ole Bornedal
Screenplay: Ole Bornedal
Cast: Lasse Rimmer, Lene Nystrøm, Jens Andersen, Pernille Valentin, Mogens Pedersen
Producers: Michael Obel
Print Source: Evokative Films

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When It Will Be Silent

Keshieye Domem
Montreal Premiere
2009 | 7 min



It was supposed to be a return to a simpler life for Johannes and Pernille, a move away from the big city and back to the small town for the high-powered lawyer and his young family. It should be perfect—a home to shape and rebuild with their own hands, lots of space for the kids, a slower pace of life. Perfect. But life doesn't always work out as we plan and things move into a dark and violent place in this harrowing thriller from Ole Bornedal (THE SUBSTITUTE), a director who must now surely be ranked among the very best Europe has to offer.

We begin with Lars, a long-haul truck driver, on the road at the end of a lengthy run. Tired and a little bit drunk, he simply fails to notice the woman approaching on her motorcycle until it is far too late. It is only the sickening thump of the bike rolling under his wheels that tells Lars something has just gone horribly wrong. Rather than taking the blame himself, Lars frames a local refugee for the woman’s death, counting on smalltown prejudice to help the locals swallow his story and put the blame on his target. And do they ever, forming an impromptu lynch mob hungry for blood. And if Alain, the refugee, happens to be employed and sheltered by Lars’s brother Johannes, well, then Johannes and his family will have to go too.

The shocking thing about DELIVER US FROM EVIL is not how much hate is able to drive people to atrocity. Nor does the shock lie in the moments of graphic brutality captured on screen. We're used to violence. We're used to the idea that atrocities happen. We're used to savagery put on screen in the name of entertainment. No, what makes DELIVER US FROM EVIL shocking is how real each and every one of these characters feel and—having come to know them—how every horrible event feels not only plausible but inevitable. The power of Bornedal's film is that we understand that, under the right circumstances, these exact events not only could happen but would, right in our own towns, maybe right in our own homes.

—Todd Brown

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