The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Original title: The Kindness of Strangers
Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Zoe Kazan, Bill Nighy
Country: Denmark, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 112
Language: English
Subtitles: Czech
Sales: The Festival Agency
Section: Panorama

Clara leaves her home and her alcoholic husband behind and arrives with her two sons in snowy New York. They don't have much more than the car and then it is suddenly towed. The cold metropolis takes pity on the trio and offers a helping hand – they get as far as the Winter Palace restaurant, which draws in travelers in need. This film about hardships in a metropolitan jungle, friendships and open hearts had its world premiere at Berlinale.

Lone Scherfig

The Danish screenwriter and director started with commercials. Her film On Our Own (1998) won the Grand Prix at Montréal IFF, and Italian for Beginners (2000) a Silver Bear at Berlinale. Her first English-speaking film Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002) was presented at many international festivals including Berlinale, and An Education (2009) received three Oscar nominations.

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