A young woman’s dreams are threatened by religious dogma in this visually striking period piece that comes across as terrifyingly contemporary. Lise’s mother is preparing to give birth in a household where life is dictated by the Bible, and superstitions are more powerful than faith in science. The spirit of a new age is now stealing into even this homestead – the mother is fighting for the right of her fourteen-year-old daughter to go to school. However, her mother’s pregnancy complications force Lise to awaken to the fragility of her future plans. This film is based on a novel by Marie Bregendahl.
Lindenburg is a graduate of Denmark’s unconventional Super16 film school. She was the creator of the 2020 Netflix miniseries Equinox. She has directed several short films and television series, and for eight years she organized the Cosmic Zoom film festival. Her feature-length debut As in Heaven premiered in Toronto, won awards for directing and best leading performance in San Sebastian, and was also shown e.g. in Rotterdam and in Busan.
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