Films

Word of God

Word of God, "Gud taler ud"

Synopsis

Director

Welcome to a world of dark and dirty humour that Danes do so well, where pretty much nothing is off limits.

A film about an eccentric man of the world called God, who lives in an ordinary detached house with his family: his Swedish wife Gerd Lillian and his two youngest sons, Thomas and Jens. The oldest son, Mikkel wants nothing to do with God, so-called because he treats the world as his own creation. In reality, God is a man with a mild dependency on alcohol. Omniscient and inspirational, he rules his subjects with love, cunning and an iron rod (not to mention spirit).

A rebellion is quietly looming in the shape of his sons and Gerd Lillian, but it comes to nothing when God is diagnosed with cancer and compassion replaces anger. However, when God is seemingly cured of his disease, his sons unite in their desire to kill God – if the cancer couldn’t do it, they must. God survives, but the cancer returns – this time with a vengeance. Only when God realises that his final hour is upon him is he able to relinquish his kingdom and set his subjects free. In death, God takes on a human guise.

Henrik Ruben Genz

(b. 1959, Gram, Denmark) graduated in 1995 from the National Film School of Denmark. In that same year, his „Cross Roads“ won awards for Best Film and Screenplay at the Munich International Film School Festival. Of his documentaries and short dramatic films the most successful has been „Theis & Nico“ (1998), which brought him an Oscar nomination and a Glass Bear at Berlin. Genz’s first feature, „Someone Like Hodder“ (2003) was honoured by the juries of several festivals, including Chicago, London, Poznan and Zlin. His next features „Chinaman“, „Terribly Happy“ and „Satisfaction 1720“ were screened at PÖFF programme in 2005, 2008 and in 2016. „Word of God“ is Genz’s seventh full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Omveje (Cross Roads, 1995)
  • Bror
  • min bror (Theis and Nico, 1998)
  • En som Hodder (Someone Like Hodder, 2003)
  • Kinamand (Hiinamees, PÖFF 2005)
  • Frygtelig lykkelig (Hirmõnnelik, PÖFF 2008)
  • Undskyld jeg forstyrrer (Excuse Me, 2012)
  • Good People (2014)
  • Tordenskjold & Kold (Satisfaktsioon 1720, PÖFF 2016)
  • Gud taler ud (Word of God, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
14:45 - 16:33
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021301
Sold out
19.11.2017
16:15 - 18:03
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 032001
Sold out
02.12.2017
17:30 - 19:18
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 160702
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Denmark
Year: 2017
Duration: 108 minutes
Language: Danish
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Producers: Morten Kaufmann, Signe Leick Jensen
Writers: Bo hr. Hansen, Henrik Ruben Genz
DOP: Jørgen Johansson
Montage: Kasper Leick
Composer: Kåre Bjerkø
Cast: Søren Malling, Lisa Nilsson, Marcus Sebastian Gert, Clint Ruben
Production: Toolbox Film
Festival: London

Synopsis

Director

Welcome to a world of dark and dirty humour that Danes do so well, where pretty much nothing is off limits.

A film about an eccentric man of the world called God, who lives in an ordinary detached house with his family: his Swedish wife Gerd Lillian and his two youngest sons, Thomas and Jens. The oldest son, Mikkel wants nothing to do with God, so-called because he treats the world as his own creation. In reality, God is a man with a mild dependency on alcohol. Omniscient and inspirational, he rules his subjects with love, cunning and an iron rod (not to mention spirit).

A rebellion is quietly looming in the shape of his sons and Gerd Lillian, but it comes to nothing when God is diagnosed with cancer and compassion replaces anger. However, when God is seemingly cured of his disease, his sons unite in their desire to kill God – if the cancer couldn’t do it, they must. God survives, but the cancer returns – this time with a vengeance. Only when God realises that his final hour is upon him is he able to relinquish his kingdom and set his subjects free. In death, God takes on a human guise.

Henrik Ruben Genz

(b. 1959, Gram, Denmark) graduated in 1995 from the National Film School of Denmark. In that same year, his „Cross Roads“ won awards for Best Film and Screenplay at the Munich International Film School Festival. Of his documentaries and short dramatic films the most successful has been „Theis & Nico“ (1998), which brought him an Oscar nomination and a Glass Bear at Berlin. Genz’s first feature, „Someone Like Hodder“ (2003) was honoured by the juries of several festivals, including Chicago, London, Poznan and Zlin. His next features „Chinaman“, „Terribly Happy“ and „Satisfaction 1720“ were screened at PÖFF programme in 2005, 2008 and in 2016. „Word of God“ is Genz’s seventh full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Omveje (Cross Roads, 1995)
  • Bror
  • min bror (Theis and Nico, 1998)
  • En som Hodder (Someone Like Hodder, 2003)
  • Kinamand (Hiinamees, PÖFF 2005)
  • Frygtelig lykkelig (Hirmõnnelik, PÖFF 2008)
  • Undskyld jeg forstyrrer (Excuse Me, 2012)
  • Good People (2014)
  • Tordenskjold & Kold (Satisfaktsioon 1720, PÖFF 2016)
  • Gud taler ud (Word of God, 2017)