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The Girl With The Needle

Directed by Magnus von Horn
Denmark, Poland, Sweden
115 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Straight from the Cannes Competition, this intense true crime drama steeped in brilliantly executed tension and dread follows a young factory worker in post WW1 Copenhagen who gets involved in an underground adoption agency.
Karoline (Vic Carmen Sonne, Holiday, SFF 2018; Godland, SFF 2022) works as a machinist in a factory manufacturing uniforms. Her husband went off to the frontline and never returned. Through her rebelliousness, Karoline attracts the attention of wealthy, aristocratic factory owner Jorgen and the two embark on a reckless affair. When she falls pregnant and Jorgen promises marriage, Karoline finally imagines a more comfortable life. But it is not to be, and she finds herself unemployed and abandoned. A chance meeting with Dagmar (Trine Dyrholm, Queen of Hearts, SFF 2019), a kindly sweet shop owner, leads to Karoline taking employment at the shop, which also serves as a front for underground adoption. But behind the façade lies a devastating reality about the fates of these children destined for new homes. With tremendous performances, The Girl with the Needle is a meticulously crafted and observed descent into the darkest shadows of human behaviour.
A macabre and hypnotic horror... shot in high-contrast expressionist monochrome and kept at an almost unbearable pitch of anxiety by Frederikke Hoffmeier’s nerve-abrading musical score
★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
This scorching and dark film draws on a grim story from Denmark's past
★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
Like one of those fiendish knots that tighten the more you squirm, director Magnus von Horn’s Cannes competitor The Girl With the Needle builds to a devastating climax, taut as piano wire
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
This compelling period yarn packs a shocking and modern sting
Sophie Monks, IndieWire


Tue 11 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Thu 13 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 11
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce
Unclassified 18+
Denmark, Poland, Sweden
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Magnus von Horn
Mariusz Włodarski, Malene Blenkov
Vic Carmen Sonne, Trine Dyrholm, Besir Zeciri
Line Langebek, Magnus von Horn
Focus on Women, Human Rights, Cannes Selected, Late Announce
Company Credits
Sales Agent: The Match Factory, Sales Agent: The Match Factory/Danish Film Institute
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