Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 11, 2015 8:45 PM
Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 13, 2015 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:104 min
Director:Jeppe Ronde
Producer:Michel Schonnemann
Screenwriter:Jeppe Ronde
Torben Bech
Peter Asmussen
Cinematographer:Magnus Nordenhof Jonck
Editor:Olivier Buggecoutte
Cast:Hannah Murray
Steven Waddington
Josh O'Connor
Adrian Rawlins
Patricia Potter
Nia Roberts
Aled Thomas
Print Source:New Europe Film Sales


The mist-drenched Welsh valley of Bridgend exudes an ineffable force that has compelled scores of young adults to end their lives in its midst. What made them do it? That question haunts this unforgettable coming-of-age tale, based on fact but suffused with brooding subjectivity. Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) stars as a wide-eyed teenaged outsider drawn into the insular culture of Bridgend’s mystery. While her peers carry out their private rituals, gathering in the woods and online chat rooms to pay tribute to the dead, Sara’s detective father searches for answers. Is this some kind of cult? Is the Internet to blame? Escalating in tone from romantic realism to impressionistic nightmare, acclaimed Danish documentarian Jeppe Rønde’s first fiction feature is less an investigation than an empathetic evocation of ordinary adolescent desires—for love, identity, belonging—driven to inexplicable extremes. As one boy tells the detective, with that retort of teens everywhere: “You’ll never understand.”

Additional Information

Jeppe Rønde, born in 1973, is an award-winning Danish filmmaker. Since graduating from the University of Copenhagen in 2002, he has directed short fiction films, feature documentaries, and commercials. His debut feature documentary work Jerusalem My Love won countless international prizes including Nordisk Panorama, Taiwan IFF and Dok Leipzig FF (Golden Dove). His second feature film, The Swenkas, won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2005, Best Documentary at CPH:DOX, and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards (2005). Rønde has now completed the feature film, Bridgend, shot on location in Wales, which premiered 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival.