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Daniel (2019)

Daniel (2019)
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  • Director(s) :

    Niels Arden Oplev and Anders W. Berthelsen

    Producer(s) :

    Joonas Berghäll, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sanne Glæsel, Annika Hellström

  • Cast :

    Esben Smed, Toby Kebbell, Arbi Alviati, Yvonne Andersen, Ali Barouti, Youssef Berouain

  • Cinematographer (DoP) :

    Eric Kress

    Music Director :

    Leslie Ming

  • Production House :

    Cinenic Film, Danish Film Institute, Danmarks Radio, Deluca Film, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Eurimages, Film i Väst, Hummelfilm Imaginarium, Films Nordisk, Film- & TV-Fond Norsk Filminstitutt, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, Toolbox Film Yleisradio

Daniel tells the story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James, and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again. At the centre of this crisis, we find hostage negotiator, Arthur, who plays a pivotal role in securing.

The movie' s title "ser du månen, Daniel?" - "Do you see the moon, Daniel?" Is a reference to the book by Puk Damsgård by the same title where Daniels mother writes in her diary while he's captive and comforts herself by knowing that they're under the same sky and asks "I wonder if you see the moon, Daniel". 

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