There are some first-time directors who make their presence known with a little indie, a short, perhaps, or someone who is just learning how to tell a compelling story with the camera. The debut feature from director Jeanette Nordahl looks like it’s a haymaker that is coming out of nowhere.

Following the death of her mother, Ida (Sandra Kampp) moves in with her aunt (Sidse Babette Knudsen) and her grown sons. Though her Aunt’s home is filled with physical tenderness and love, the family leads a violent and criminal life. And when an unforeseen murder puts pressure on the family and their loyalty to each other, tension builds as love and violence become impossible to separate. Featuring a breakout performance from Kampp, the acclaimed debut feature from Jeanette Nordahl is an enthralling, brooding and utterly gripping thriller that packs a powerful emotional punch.

This is exactly the type of movie that looks like it could be a hit, therefore copy/pasted by an American studio who would water down everything about it that originally made it great, and tarnishing the glow of the original.

Still, even after watching this trailer a handful of times I cannot get over how raw and absolutely riveting every moment is here. Kudos to the trailer editor for effortlessly weaving in the pull-quotes to help convince those who otherwise might be allergic to subtitles while being steadfastly against giving us too much narrative. What really sells this trailer is its pacing and how it does not associate every moment with the one before it. It’s maddening but thrilling at the same time. I’m absolutely sold.

Wildland debuts in cinemas around the UK starting Friday, August 13th

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