Archive of films Bridgend / Bridgend
2015, 105 min
Section: Another View
The Virgin Suicides meets Nordic crime drama. Set within the shifting contours of a film about growing up, the provocatively ambiguous genre of the feature debut Bridgend marries mysticism to the punch of a procedural TV series. The topic of “investigation” is at the same time unexpectedly evanescent – like the mysterious energy defining “youth.”
A series of unexplained suicides troubles the town of Bridgend, and maybe there’s only one reason behind them. And maybe it’s a reason the adults don’t want to hear. But maybe there’s no reason. Jeppe Rønde, debuting here in feature film, defies genre borders, betraying consummate skill combined with the clear formal vision typical of contemporary Danish filmmakers as he journeys deep into mysterious woods where parents discover their children hanging in the trees. A similar fate could be in store for Sara, a respectable lass who nevertheless falls for a member of the “suicide gang” her father is investigating. Through Sara and her shifting perception, Rønde, aided by dynamic camerawork, crafts an oppressive portrayal of adolescence and of the confrontation between the opposing forces of youth and old age. The film initially mimics the kind of Danish crime story constructed around case investigations, yet it is gradually transformed into a mystical drama about an enduring intergenerational conflict and the mysterious energy defining teenagers in extreme states – enthusiasm and self-destruction.
About the director
Jeppe Rønde (b. 1973, Copenhagen, Denmark) studied film science and art history at the University of Copenhagen (2002). He is an established director of commercials and award-winning documentaries. In 2013 he won Best Director at the Cannes advertising festival for The Lover. Rønde’s documentary reflection on religion Jerusalem My Love (Jerusalem, min elskede, 2003) won the award for emerging talent at the Leipzig festival and also competed at KVIFF. His second documentary The Swenkas (2005) also competed at Karlovy Vary and won the Jury Prize at Canada’s Hot Docs and the Danish national Robert Award. The teen crime mystery Bridgend is his feature debut.
About the film
|Screenplay:||Jeppe Rønde, Torben Bech, Peter Asmussen|
|Dir. of Photography:||Magnus Nordenhof Jønck|
|Editor:||Oliver Bugge Coutté|
|Producer:||Michel Schønnemann, Malene Blenkov|
|Production:||Blenkov & Schønnemann Pictures|
|Cast:||Hannah Murray, Josh O'Connor, Adrian Rawlins, Steven Waddington|
|Sales:||New Europe Film Sales|
|Contact:||Danish Film Institute|
Christian Juhl Lemche
Film Institution Rep.