The Idealist



Lark TheatreSun, Oct 11, 2015 2:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:114 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Christina Rosendahl
Producer:Jonas Frederiksen
Signe Leick Jensen
Ane Mandrup
Screenwriter:Lars K. Andersen
Simon Pasternak
Christina Rosendahl
Cinematographer:Laust Trier Mørk
Editor:Janus Billeskov Jansen
Olivier Bugge Coutté
Molly Marlene Stensgaard
Cast:Peter Plaugborg
Soren Malling
Thomas Bo Larsen
Arly Jover
Jens Albinus
Print Source:Danish Film Institute
Note Writer:Michael LoPresti


Set in Denmark near the end of the Cold War and based on actual events, The Idealist is a powerful drama following one tenacious journalist's investigation into a shocking cover-up with wide-ranging public health, political, and diplomatic implications. Poul Brink (Peter Plaugborg) is a radio reporter probing the cause of an unusual illness afflicting former workers at a remote air base in Greenland. Through dogged persistence and fierce ethical resolve, Brink's investigation uncovers startling nuclear secrets, catching him in the crosshairs of forces both at home and abroad. Interspersed with documentary news footage, the film examines global events of the late '80s and early '90s through the lens of one of the lesser-known geopolitical players of the era. With fine acting, a taut story, and superb cinematography, The Idealist gives audiences a fresh perspective on some of the lesser known ripple effects of the intercontinental power struggles of the Cold War.

Additional Information

Christina Rosendahl was born in 1971 in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark. She studied comparative literary history, film, and media studies at the University of Copenhagen and spent time at the European Film College and the New York Film Academy before graduating from the alternative film School Super16 in 2002. In 2002 she had her breakthrough with the highly acclaimed Stargazer, a documentary about the band Swan Lee featuring her younger sister, Pernille Rosendahl, as lead singer. Rosendahl's short fiction film Crybaby(2008) received a number of awards at international festivals, including Frankfurt Lucas International Children's Film Festival and Victoria Film Festival. Her feature film debut, Triple Dare, (2006) received international recognition with awards from Trondheim Film Festival and Zlin Film Festival for Children & Youth.