Nightwatch (1994 film)
Danish film poster
|Directed by||Ole Bornedal|
|Produced by||Michael Obel|
|Written by||Ole Bornedal|
|Music by||Joachim Holbek|
|Edited by||Camilla Skousen|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Nightwatch (Danish: Nattevagten) is a 1994 Danish thriller film directed and written by Danish director Ole Bornedal. The film involves Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who gets a student job as night watchman at the Forensic Medicine Institute. When making his rounds he finds he must go to where the deceased people are kept. At the same time, a series of murders occur among women in Copenhagen as well as mysterious and unexplained things happening in the medical department.
Nightwatch was a success in Denmark and was shown at the Fantafestival in 1995. An American remake of the film which was also directed by Bornedal, was released in 1997. The original Nightwatch was included on a list of the top 100 Danish film as chosen by Kosmorama.
|Actor / Actress||Character|
|Nikolaj Coster-Waldau||Martin Bork|
|Sofie Gråbøl||Kalinka Martens|
|Kim Bodnia||Jens Arnkiel|
|Ulf Pilgaard||Peter Wörmer|
|Rikke Louise Andersson||Joyce|
|Gyrd Løfquist||The Old Nightwatch|
|Niels Anders Thorn||The Doctor|
The film was released on February 25, 1994. Nightwatch was a success in Denmark where it sold 465,529 tickets. The film was shown at the 1995 Fantafestival in Rome, Italy. The film was selected to be part of the 1994 Critic's Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ole Bornedal felt that Nightwatch was not "a great work of art, but it did help legitimate the idea that even European film art can make good use of generic stories." Nightwatch was included on a list of the top 100 Danish film as chosen by Kosmorama. Rikke Louise Andersson won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Joyce in the film at the 1995 Bodil Awards. Variety gave the film a fairly favorable review, referring to it as a "slickly made but fairly conventional tale"
An American remake of the film was also titled Nightwatch and was released in 1997. Ole Bornedal directed this English-language remake, but director Steven Soderbergh wrote a new script based on Bornedal's original film.
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