Flame & Citron
|Flame & Citron|
|Directed by||Ole Christian Madsen|
|Produced by||Lars Bredo Rahbek|
|Written by||Ole Christian Madsen
Lars K. Andersen
|Language||Danish / German|
Flame & Citron (Danish: Flammen & Citronen) is a 2008 Danish drama/action co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, is about two Danish resistance movement fighters during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
Set in 1943 and 1944, the film is loosely based on actual events involving two of the most active fighters in the Holger Danske resistance group during World War II - Bent Faurschou-Hviid (known as Flammen, played by Thure Lindhardt) and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (known as Citron, played by Mads Mikkelsen), who both died toward the end of the war. As the two friends assassinate Danish Nazis and collaborators, they also find themselves in deadly duels with treacherous handlers, competing resistance groups, and a femme fatale (played by Stine Stengade) who might be a double (or even triple) agent. Ultimately, they find that they can only trust one another.
- Thure Lindhardt as Bent Faurschou-Hviid, also known as Flammen
- Mads Mikkelsen as Jørgen Haagen Schmith, also known as Citron
- Stine Stengade as Ketty Selmer
- Peter Mygind as Aksel Winther
- Mille Lehfeldt as Bodil
- Christian Berkel as Hoffmann, leader of the Gestapo
- Hanns Zischler as Gilbert, a German colonel
- Claus Østergaard as Bananen
- Flemming Enevold as Spex
- Lars Mikkelsen as Frode Jacobsen, also known as Ravnen
- Jesper Christensen as Flammen's father
The movie is named from the nicknames of the two main characters. Flammen refers to the colour of Bent Faurschou-Hviid's copper red hair, after a failed attempt to dye it blond. Citron (Danish for Lemon) got his nickname because, while working for the Citroën motor-car company in Copenhagen, he sabotaged German cars and trucks.
Filming took place at the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, and large parts of the film were also recorded at locations in Copenhagen and Prague. With a budget of more than 46 million Danish kroner (or 6.16 million Euros), the movie is one of the most expensive Danish language movies ever.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 87% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 69 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 74 out of 100, based on 20 reviews.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Bodil Awards||Best Actor||Thure Lindhardt||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Jørgen Johansson||Won|
|Best Danish Film||Ole Christian Madsen||Nominated|
|2010||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Mads Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|2008||European Film Awards||Best Actor||Thure Lindhardt||Nominated|
|2008||International Film Festival of Marrakech||Golden Star||Ole Christian Madsen||Nominated|
|2009||Robert Awards||Best Actor||Thure Lindhardt||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Jørgen Johansson||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Manon Rasmussen||Won|
|Best Director||Ole Christian Madsen||Nominated|
|Best Editor||Søren B. Ebbe||Nominated|
|Best Film||Ole Christian Madsen (director) and Lars Bredo Rahbek (producer)||Nominated|
|Best Make-Up||Jens Bartram and Sabine Schumann||Won|
|Best Original Score||Karsten Fundal||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Jette Lehmann||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Lars Andersen and Ole Christian Madsen||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Hans Møller||Won|
|Best Special Effects||Hummer Høimark, Jonas Drehn and Thomas Busk||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Mads Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Stine Stengade||Nominated|
|2008||Valladolid International Film Festival||Golden Spike||Ole Christian Madsen||Nominated|
|2009||Zulu Awards||Best Actor||Thure Lindhardt||Won|
|Best Film||Ole Christian Madsen||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Peter Mygind||Won|
- Dargis, Manohla (2009-07-31). "The Impure Morality of Nazi Resistance". The New York Times.
- "Flammen - stikkernes værste fjende" (in Danish). Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- "Citronen - modstandskampens altmuligmand" (in Danish). Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- IMDb trivia
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- "Flame and Citron". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
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- "Nominations Announced for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards". Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
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- "Films en compétition". Fondation du Festival International du Film de Marrakech (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2012.
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