April 9th (film)

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April 9th
9. April (film).jpg
Film poster
9. April
Directed by Roni Ezra
Produced by
  • René Ezra
  • Tomas Radoor
Written by Tobias Lindholm
Starring
Music by Jonas Struck
Cinematography Philippe Kress
Edited by Peter Brandt
Production
company
  • Nordisk Film
  • TV2 Danmark
  • Det Danske Filminstitut
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release date
  • 12 March 2015 (2015-03-12)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Budget 22 million kr.

April 9th (Danish: 9. april) is a 2015 Danish Second World War film directed by Roni Ezra and starring Pilou Asbæk and Lars Mikkelsen. The film depicts the German invasion of Denmark which commenced on 9 April 1940 and follows a group of Danish bicycle infantry sent as a vanguard to slow down the German advance until reinforcements can arrive.

The film's budget was 22 million Danish krone (just over $3 million) and was supported by the Danish Film Institute, TV 2 and the Haderslev Municipality.[1] The film was released in Danish cinemas on 12 March 2015.[2]

Plot[edit]

During the night of 9 April 1940, the Danish army is alerted that the German army has crossed the border and Denmark is now at war with Europe's strongest army. In South Jutland a Danish bicycle infantry company and a motorcycle platoon is ordered to hold off the German advance until reinforcements can arrive but are quickly overwhelmed by superior German forces. During the morning Second Lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his platoon of soldiers battle the Germans and then retreat to Haderslev.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Lars MikkelsenLieutenant-Colonel Hintz
  • Pilou AsbækSecond Lieutenant Sand
  • Gustav Dyekjær Giese – Private Andersen
  • Sebastian Bull Sarning – Private Lundgren
  • Joachim Fjelstrup – Sergeant Bundgaard
  • Martin GreisLieutenant Gjermansen
  • Michael Brostrup – Colonel Hartz
  • Elliott Crosset Hove – Private Jens-Otto Lassen
  • Jannik Lorenzen – Private Gram
  • Morten Hauch-Fausbøll – Major Fladsaa
  • Mikkel Trøst Bentzen – Private Nørreskov
  • Ari Alexander – Private Justesen
  • Mathias Lundkvist – Private Kolding
  • Jesper Hagelskær Paasch – Major Jepsen
  • Jan Jürgensen – Sergent Klostergaard
  • Simon Sears – Captain Holm
  • Jan Dose – Lieutenant-Colonel Becker
  • Jesper Hagelskær Paasch – Lieutenant Jepsen
  • Pelle Emil Hebsgaard – Runner
  • Jan Dose - Oberleutnant Becker

Production[edit]

The film was directed by Roni Ezra and the screenplay was by Tobias Lindholm (who also wrote A Hijacking, Borgen and The Hunt). The outline story was based on eyewitness accounts, conversations and interviews with the few surviving veterans of 9 April 1940, who fought the invading German Army.[4]

The "Between Schleswig Limits" museum in Bylderup-Bov was approached by Nordisk Film in the autumn of 2013 with regards to assisting with uniforms and weapons. In March 2014 the film company collected 120 Danish steel helmets, 100 gas-mask canisters, 50 pairs of wool pants, 24 dummy-rifles, 32 cartridge belts, and a khaki officer coat. Moreover, the museum loaned two old Nimbus motorcycles with side-cars. All equipment was initially transported to Budapest in Hungary, where part of the movie was shot.[5]

The film was also shot in Haderslev, where the streets around Møllepladsen, Sønderbro and Convent Cemetery was sealed off from 17 to 19 June 2014.[6] Other shootings took place at the Jacob Michelsen's Farm in Aabenraa and in Søgårdlejren.

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed, but generally favorable reviews from Danish critics, with Berlingske and Ekko giving it 5 out of 6 stars,[7][8] while others gave it between 2-5 out of 6 stars.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LINDEGAARD, SIGNE HAAHR. "For Gud, konge og fædreland". Jyllands Posten (in Danish). 
  2. ^ PEDERSEN, KIM. "Biografklub Danmark-programmet 2014-15". Danske-biografer.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "9. April". IMDB.com. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  4. ^ LINDEGAARD, SIGNE HAAHR. "For Gud, konge og fædreland". Jyllands Posten (in Danish). 
  5. ^ "Museet "Mellem Slesvigs Grænser" hjælper Nordisk Film". Mellem Slesvigs Grænser (in Danish). Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Conradsen, Emilie. "FILMOPTAGELSER BEGYNDER I HADERSLEV". TV2 Syd (in Danish). Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Lindberg, Kristian. "In 9. April Danish soldiers regains their honor" (in Danish). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Michaëlis, Bo Tao. "Review of 9 April" (in Danish). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Skotte, Kim. "Danish movie showcases the horrors of war" (in Danish). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Ørsted, Jacob. "Danish war movie overshoot" (in Danish). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Short chapter of the war made relevant" (in Danish). Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

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