Niels Arden Oplev and Anders W. Berthelsen’s drama Daniel is based on the true story about the Danish photographer Daniel Rye who was taken prisoner by Isis in Syria in 2013 and kept with several other hostages, including US journalist James Foley. The film is based on Rye’s memoir as told to Danish Middle East correspondent and author Puk Damsgaard. Catch the trailer here.
Esben Smed plays the title role alongside a Nordic cast, including Anders W. Berthelsen, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen and Jens Jørn Spottag. Anders Thomas Jensen, whose credits include the screenplay for Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning In a Better World, adapted the book for the screen.
Daniel premieres on August 29 and it will open season 2019/20 of the influential Danish Cinema Club, Biografklub Danmark.