A Fortunate Man

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A Fortunate Man

“This film offers a rarely seen look at Danish Jews of that era, many of whom were privileged by their wealth and education and took part in Danish society — yet remained apart because of quiet but pervasive anti-Semitism.”  (Jewish News of Northern California)

Danish Academy Award–winner Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) brings to the screen a mesmerizing cinematic period piece set in the late 19th century. Peter Sidenius, an ambitious young man from a devout Christian family in the western part of Denmark, rebels against his strict clergyman father by going to Copenhagen to study engineering. His innovative thinking quickly draws him into an intellectual circle, where he meets a wealthy Jewish family, marries their daughter, and builds a new life for himself. But, haunted by his childhood, he is plagued by fears that he will repeat his father’s patriarchal behavior. The extraordinary acting, stunning sets, and striking costumes are part of the vision of a singular director who tells a story few of us have ever seen on film.

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.

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