Before the Frost


The Main 1 Tue, Apr 9, 2019 4:20 PM
The Main 1 Fri, Apr 19, 2019 2:15 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 21, 2019 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Før frosten
Programs:Midnight Sun
Historical Drama
Family Drama
Release Year:2018
Runtime:104 min
Festivals & Awards:Chicago International Film Festival 2018 - Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 - Special Jury Award: Best Actor
Print Source:Danish Film Institute
Director:Michael Noer
Executive Producer:Henrik Zein
Lena Haugaard
Producer:Tomas Radoor
René Ezra
Matilda Appelin
Cinematographer:Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Screenwriter:Jesper Fink
Michael Noer
Editor:Adam Nielsen
Composer:Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen
Principal Cast:Jesper Christensen
Clars Rosager
Magnus Krepper
Elliott Crosset Hove
Filmography:R (2010)


An aging farmer in rural Denmark must make some difficult decisions about his family and his land in this gripping 1850s period piece from the director of the recent Papillon remake. Wily widower Jens (the brilliant Jesper Christensen) knows that he doesn't have the strength to continue his hard-scrabble farming much longer. He longs to have his beloved daughter Signe well-settled, and gain himself a pension, a weekly ride to church, and a place by the hearth. But there are his nephews to take care of too. Faced with the prospect of starvation during another tough winter, Jens enters into a Faustian pact with a wealthy, neighboring farmer that he soon comes to regret. This tense drama has the heft and incisiveness of Shakespearean tragedy. Winner, Best Actor, Chicago Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival.

Director Biography

Michael Noer

Danish filmmaker Michael Noer was born in Esbjerg in 1978. He began making film in 2003 after studying at the National Film School of Denmark. His other work includes Papillon (07) and Son of God (10).


"A bleak and fiercely acted tale of rural strife" - Hollywood Reporter