The film is in competition for Politiken's Talent Award 2019. The award is founded to celebrate tomorrow's talents in Danish cinema. Five new Danish feature films are nominated for the award, that will be handed out by Politiken Film & TV on Sunday November 17th. The award includes a cash prize of 50.000 DKK for the director's next project.
Opening Film: Suicide Tourist
Denmark, Norway, Germany
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tuva Novotny, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Sonja Richter
Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin
Jonas Arnby wowed with his debut ‘When Animals Dream’’, unleashing wild werewolves on safe, suburban life. With ‘Suicide Tourist’ he manages to stir darkness and mystery into a seemingly recognizable universe, making us doubt our own reality.
Max (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is an insurance agent living a comfortable albeit boring life with his wife Lærke (Tuva Novotny). However, he is keeping quiet about his growing brain tumor and terminal cancer, but rather than waiting it out Max decides to take matters into his own hands, checking in at the secret luxury retreat Aurora Hotel - a hotel specializing in suicide and where no one ever checks out alive. Aurora is a futuristic, zen-like and harmonious microcosmos in the mountains of Norway, and Max is offered a personal guide (Solbjørg Højfeldt), a last supper and any type of death that he wishes, but he starts doubting life, death and his own perception of reality.
‘Suicide Tourist’ is a brilliant production shot in large, elegant pictures almost completely drained of color. This self-assured, cool style is a perfect match with the stoic Max and the treacherously calm backdrop of this hypnotic power struggle between love, sanity and the right to life.
‘Suicide Tourist’ is the secound feature film from director Jonas Arnby, following his critically acclaimed and award-winning debut ‘When Animals Dream’, which was selected to screen in the prestigious parallel section Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival 2014. ‘When Animals Dream’ was also nominated for 11 awards by the Danish Film Academy and the Danish Film Critics Association, whereas it won three prizes. Jonas Alexander Arnby graduated from the independent film school Super16 in 2004 and the London School of Media in 2000.
“After I did my first feature film ‘When Animals Dream’, I wanted to do a contained love story wrapped in a mystery-drama genre setting. I immediately started developing ‘Suicide Tourist’ believing strongly in the concept of this film. I believe ‘Suicide Tourist’ raises many questions and hopefully gets us thinking about crucial issues that define us as free human beings - a story about human control, existentialism, and love. Yes, the title ‘Suicide Tourist’ might be a contradiction, however this is exactly how I’d like to elaborate and deal with subjects that might be difficult to debate: Assisted suicide, human tragedy versus love, and the meaning of life.”