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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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Category: Edition 2016

Inspired by true events and set in the blooming 1960s, THE DAY WILL COME centers around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy’s home forgotten by time. Armed only with a vivid imagination  and a fickle hope, the boys engage in the frightening battle against Headmaster Heck and his lethal tyranny.

Original Title Der kommeren dag
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +13
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 110'
Production Year 2016
Nationality Denmark
Directed by Jesper W. Nielsen
Screenplay Søren Sveistrup
Director of photography Erik Zappon
Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production Design Sabine Hviid
Costume Design Stine Thaning
Sound Kristian Selin, Eidnes Andersen
Music Sune Martin
Main cast Lars Mikkelsen (Principal)
Sofie Gråbøl (Lilian)
Harald Kaiser Hermann (Elmer)
Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt (Erik)
Overlærer Toft Lassen (Lars Ranthe)
Søren Sætter-Lassen (Teacher Aksel)
Produced by Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Louise Vesth

Portrait Jesper W. Nielsen by Mikkel Tjellesen- DER KOMMER EN DAG.tifJesper Westerlin Nielsen
Born in 1962, he graduated from the Danish Film School in 1986 as a film editor, but he is also a director of both film and TV. He directed several episodes of one of Denmark’s most popular series, DICTE (2014) and BADEHOTELLET (2014) for TV2. With the prize winning drama series BORGEN (2011-2013), as well as the critically acclaimed Christmas calendar show THE PACT (2009), Jesper W. Nielsen has established himself as one of the most versatile and prolific directors in the country. He covers a wide range of styles, from the sensitive drama of the Norwegian film, I ETSPEJL I ENGÅDE (2008) to the rock-comedy, STORE PLANER (2005), or the bittersweet family drama, OKAY (2002), which won a Bodil and several Robert awards. In addition, Jesper worked with Queen Margrethe on the film THE WILD SWAN (2009), for which he wrote the manuscript while the Queen designed the costumes and sets. 

Director's statement
“In the spirit of Dickens, and inspired by real events, Søren Sveistrup has written a modern day Oliver Twist story. A tough tale, filled with social indignation, of the not sodistant past of the 1960s, about two brothers and their brutal encounter with the orphanage Gudbjerg and their struggle against its headmaster. Although the headmaster runs the orphanage with an iron fist, his actions aren’t consciously evil, he just happens to be an old-school idealist, who believes that discipline and strict rules are the best tools for saving the children. Daily life at the orphanage is an all out war. Repression turn the children into monsters and very few of them are able to retain their humanity because the hierarchal system requires that as long as you make others below you suffer you might not. The weak succumb and the strong survive. The brothers try to survive as rebel and dreamer respectively. [..] the imagination gains a special power over reality that can help the individual endure inspite of the obstacles. [..] A DAY WILL COME" is based on actual stories about Danish orphans in 1960s Denmark. Hopefully the day will come when the neglect, these children experienced, will be acknowledged by us all because the orphans are really all our children. When they are mistreated it is all of our failure. Some day we’ll have to acknowledge this responsibility”.

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