Bridgend

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    Bridgend

    Directed by

    Denmark

    2015

    99 min

    • English

    Thriller

    A dark and disturbing film based on all too real events. Over a period of only five years, nearly 80 young people have hung themselves in the Welsh town of Bridgend since 2007, leaving no suicide notes or other explanations to why they have chosen to put an end to their young lives. A tragedy and a mystery that hangs heavy and silently over the small town as the perpetual fog when the young Sara moves there. Her father has been sent to Bridgend to clarify what is going on and, to his growing concern, Sara soon joins a secret society among the city's youth, who play out their eerie fascination with death through morbid rituals and a mysterious, closed chat forum.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (International Debut) - Göteborg FF
    • Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actress (Hannah Murray) - Tribeca FF
    • Prix AQCC - Fantasia IFF
    • Grand Jury's Special Mention for Cinematography - IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Hannah Murray
    Josh O'Connor
    Steven Waddington
    Adrian Rawlins
    Aled Thomas
    Elinor Crawley
    Screenplay
    Jeppe Rønde
    Torben Bech
    Peter Asmussen
    Cinematography
    Magnus Nordenhof Jonck
    Editing
    Olivier Bugge Coutte
    Music
    Mondkopf
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    BLENKOV & SCHØNNEMANN PICTURES

    Press

    A studied look at the Bridgend suicide incidents, capturing the intoxicating effects of cults and Wales' beauty perfectly.

    Thomas Humphrey, Cineuropa

    This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of Ronde's homeland.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    A starkly involving dramatization.

    Joshua Rothkopf & David Ehrlich, Time Out NY

    Jeppe Rønde

    Jeppe Rønde

    Denmark

    I insist that any film is an investigation, whether that's fiction or documentary. It has to be an investigation.

    Jeppe Rønde, born in 1973, is one of the most recognized, award-winning Danish filmmakers. Since graduating from the University of Copenhagen in 2002, he has directed short fiction films, feature documentaries and commercials. His debut feature documentary, JERUSALEM MY LOVE won countless international prizes at Nordisk Panorama, Taiwan IFF and Dok Leipzig FF (Golden Dove).His second feature film THE SWENKAS won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2005, Best Documentary at CPH:DOX and was nominated for European Film Academy Awards (2005). During the last few years he won several ‘Roberts’ (Danish equivalent of the Oscars) for his TV and feature documentary work, including 8 episodes TV-series for the national Danish Broadcasting Union (Danish BBC) called “The Quatraro Mystery”. Rønde was voted best commercial director in Denmark 2010, and in 2013 he won two Cannes Lions, gold and bronze for direction and cinematography.