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Film Name Princess
Programme World Cinema
Director Anders Morgenthaler
Production Zentropa GRRRR ApS
Country Denmark
Year 2006
Runtime 78
Film rating R


Fri. Nov. 17, 23:59, The Gig Theatre

The 32-year-old clergyman August returns home from years of missionary work abroad because of the death of his sister Christina, who - after going from greatness to the gutter as the famous porno star ”The Princess” - has finally died of drug abuse. Burdened by sorrow and guilt, he decides to avenge Christina’s death and brings Mia along on a crusade to clear his sister’s name of pornographic connotations. The mission escalates into a brutal and violent rout as August attempts desperately to protect the only thing he holds dear – namely Mia – forcing him to make a fateful decision.

Curator’s notes:

An amalgamation of anime and European styles, Princess is at first glance a brash actioner with absurd violence. Yet to treat it as such would be to miss the central point of the film: that in his moral rage against what he considers the baser instincts of man – namely pornography- August becomes no less base himself; and that indeed his own need to judge makes him less human than even Charlie, the man at the heart of the porn empire whom he swore to destroy. Princess is a powerful debut film for Morgenthaler.