Northwest

Dir.: Michael Noer | Denmark 2013 | 91 min

Even though 'Northwest' is Michael Noer's first solo project as a fiction director, he has already earned a reputation with his documentaries and, not least, with his prison drama 'R' (PIX '10), which he directed with Tobias Lindholm ('A Hijacking'). It is therefore not surprising that his film balances on a knife's edge between harsh everyday realism and effectively gripping gangster film. The story of Copenhagen's notorious 'Northwest' neighbourhood revolves around the 18-year-old petty criminal Casper, played by a formidable Gustav Dyekjær Giese, who bumps into Bjørn, a gangster boss and pimp, and sees an opportunity to advance in the underworld. But one does not run away from ones past in Nordvest, and Casper can not continue keeping his younger brother away from his world. A hard-boiled, riveting and sadly realistic drama driven by the strong performances that Noer gets out of his untested actors, especially the two Dyekjær Giese brothers, but also the rapper Nicholas Westwood Kidd. Ones sympathy for them makes it even harder to see them being swallowed up by the intoxicating life as criminals.

Original Title
Nordvest
Title
Northwest
Country
Denmark
Release Year
2013
Duration
91 min.
Directors
Michael Noer
Producer
René Ezra, Tomas Radoor
Script
Cast
Gustav Dyekjær Giese, Oscar Dyekjær Giese, Roland Møller, Lene Maria Christensen, Nicholas Westwood Kidd, Dulfi Al-Jaburi
Camera
Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Sound
Kasper Janus Rasmussen, Rasmus Winther
Editor
Adam Nielsen
Music
Babe Black (Dj Buda & Dj T.O.M.)
Production Company
Nordisk Film Production
Version
Danish Version