Denmark • d: Nikolaj Arcel • 2h 7m • English subtitles

In 18th century Denmark, Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out in the name of the king to tame the Jutland heath—a vast, barren stretch of wilderness that has felled many an aspiring pioneer. A hard, driven man of low origins, Kahlen seeks to legitimize his existence. His efforts push him to the edge of survival and put him in direct conflict with the grotesquely brutal nobleman Schinkel, who seems to be everything Ludvig isn’t. Based on Ida Jessen best-selling novel The Captain and Ann Barbara, itself inspired by real characters, Nikolaj Arcel’s epic has the mesmerizing spectacle of a Western, the visceral urgency of a revenge thriller, and the queasy moral complexity of an existential drama. At its heart is Mikkelsen’s spellbinding performance, which brings layers of contradiction to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in Danish history.

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The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience—packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds.

Fri., 9/15 • 7pm • The Holdovers
Sat., 9/16 • 12:30pm • The Teachers’ Lounge
Sat., 9/16 • 3pm • The Promised Land
Sat., 9/16 • 7pm • Poor Things
Sun., 9/17 • 12pm • Fallen Leaves
Sun., 9/17 • 2:30pm • Anatomy of a Fall
Sun., 9/17 • 6:30pm • American Symphony

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