13 months
Regissør: Niels Arden Oplev og Anders W. Berthelsen
(Danmark, Norge, Sverige)

DANISH IS PRISONER / The feature film about Danish Daniel Rye captured by IS in Syria shows that Scandinavian film does not have to be toothless entertainment to hit wide.


From Lars von Trier and his allies launched the Dogme Manifesto back in the nineties, Danish filmmakers have shown a willingness to innovate and often also madness that one can slowly miss in our domestic film production. But Danish film is to a great extent characterized by an ability to tell solid human dramas, where dramaturgical precision is combined with credible environmental and personal portrayals.

Several of these films have also dealt with political and other relevant themes from Danish social life, rather than concentrating only on interpersonal relationships. A few examples from the last decade – all shown in Norwegian cinemas – are Susanne Biers In a better world (2010), Thomas Vinterberg's Jakten (2012), Tobias Lindholm's
The hijacking (2012) and War (2015), Isabella Eklöfs Holiday (2018), May el-Toukhys The queen (2019) and Ulaa Salims Sons of Denmark

Photographer in Syria

13 months also belongs in this series. The feature film is based on Puk Damsgård's documentary novel Do you see the moon, Daniel? (which is also the film's original title) and is about the Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who spent 398 days as an IS prisoner in 2013 and 2014.

The film first describes him as a young gymnast who does not know what to do in life after a leg break puts an end to sports activity, until he begins as an apprentice with a photographer who takes him on a reporting job in Mogadishu.

If one is to say that they are treated as animals, then it must aim at the grossest form of abuse to which humans are subjected to other species.

At the age of 24, Rye decides to travel alone as a photographer to Syria, to document how ordinary people feel during the civil war that has seriously begun to characterize the country. Although the plan is to stay on the border with Turkey and go back there every night to spend the night, he is kidnapped by representatives of the later far-known organization IS and held captive in their prison in Raqqa.

Abuse and torture

Many people already know that he eventually came back to Denmark, something the film's title probably also indicates. Nevertheless, it is at times intensely unpleasant to see the depiction of captivity and the inhuman treatment Rye and the other hostages receive. . .

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