A piece of Danish culture: Watch The Pact with English subtitles in the cinema

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen
The Pact. Photo Credit: Rolf Konow
The Pact. Photo Credit: Rolf Konow

If you’re not familiar with Karen Blixen, known for her autobiographical novel “Out of Africa,” Biffen Art Cinema is offering a great opportunity to learn more about the Danish literary giant.

On Friday, August 6, the cinema is screening the movie The Pact with English subtitles, which is directed by Bille August and revolves around the later part of Karen Blixen’s life.

As one of the most acclaimed contemporary Danish filmmakers, Bille August’s movies are always worth a watch and this is no different.

The movie gives its take on the intense friendship between Karen Blixen and Thorkild Bjørnvig, a young and promising poet, and is a heart-wrenching story of a sorcerer and her apprentice, asking questions about how far you will go for love and art.

The story of the isolated genius

A summary of the movie reads:

“Aged 63, Karen Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame and next in line to win the Nobel Prize for literature. It has been 17 years since she gave up her famous African adventure only to return to Denmark in ruins. Devastated by syphilis and having lost the love of her life, she has reinvented herself as a literary sensation. She is an isolated genius, however, until the day she lays eyes on a handsome 30-year-old poet. She promises him literary stardom if he in return will obey her unconditionally – even at the cost of him losing everything else in his life.”

Tickets for the movie are now available and cost 95 kr. Buy tickets here.

Read more about the movie here.

What: Screening of the movie The Pact with English subtitles
Where: Biffen Art Cinema at Nordkraft
When: Friday, August 6, at 20:30