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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

BRIDGEND

Directed by Jeppe Rønde
FEATURE NARRATIVE 105 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE BRIDGEND
When a police investigator is tasked with investigating a recent string of unexplained tragedies, he arrives in the notorious Welsh county of Bridgend with his daughter Sara (Hannah Murray). Naïve and curious, Sara slowly works her way in with a clique of wild teenagers and discovers what bonds them together so tightly—the ritualistic celebration of their friends’ suicides. Initially frightened by the revelation, her eventual participation in this peculiar observance is cemented when she falls in love with Jamie (Josh O’Connor), another member of the menacing group. The unrelenting darkness that engulfs her peers encroaches on Sara, tainting her relationship with her father and threatening her sanity.

Director Jeppe Rønde's debut film is based on a real-life town, which has baffled the world by recording at least 79 suicides since 2007. Darkly lush scenes set in the Welsh countryside are juxtaposed with claustrophobic village twists and turns, creating a sophisticated and gothic depiction of the Bridgend mystery.

—Liza Domnitz
Drama
About the Director(s)
Danish director Jeppe Rønde’s first feature, Jerusalem My Love, won numerous international prizes. His second feature, The Swenkas, won him the title of Best International director at Toronto, a Robert (a Danish Oscar), and a European Film Award nomination.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    105 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Oliver Bugge Coutté
  • Associate Producer:
    Jason Botkin
  • Screenwriter:
    Jeppe Rønde, Torben Bech, Peter Asmussen
  • Cinematographer:
    Magnus Jønck
  • Cast:
    Hannah Murray, Josh O'Connor, Adrian Rawlins, Patricia Potter, Nia Roberts, Steven Waddington
  • Co-Producer:
    Magne Lyngner
  • Producer:
    Michel Schønnemann, Malene Blenkov
  • Director:
    Jeppe Rønde

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