The Girl With The Needle

by Magnus von Horn

The Girl With The Needle


Karoline (Vic Carmen Sonne), a young factory worker, is struggling to survive in post WW1 Copenhagen. When she finds herself unemployed, abandoned and pregnant, she meets Dagmar (Trine Dyrholm), a charismatic woman running an underground adoption agency, helping mothers to find foster homes for their unwanted children. With nowhere else to turn, Karoline takes on the role of a wet-nurse. A strong connection is formed between the two women, but Karoline’s world shatters when she stumbles upon the shocking truth behind her work. Inspired by a true story and directed by Magnus von Horn (The Here After, Sweat) THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE is an unsettling tale about a woman struggling to find love and a sense of morality.


Magnus von Horn was born in 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden but has lived for almost 20 years in Poland. A graduate of the Polish National Film School in Lodz where he is currently also a teacher. Already with his short films, he established himself internationally as a promising director presenting films at festivals such as Sundance and Locarno. Finding it inspiring to work in different languages his feature film debut, THE HERE AFTER, was in Swedish and premiered at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2015; it also earned him the Swedish Guldbaggen award for best director and best film. His second feature film, SWEAT, was in Polish and part of the Cannes official selection in 2020. His third film, THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE (2024), is a Nordisk Film Production and is in Danish.


Selected Filmography

2024 The Girl with the Needle
/ Pigen med nålen

2020 Sweat
/ Sweat

2015 The Here After
/ Efterskalv

2014 The Word
/ Obietnica

2011 Without Snow (Short)
/ Bez śniegu

2011 The Doctors (Short Doc.)
/ Lekarze

2009 Echo (Short)
/ Echo

2007 Radek (Short Doc.)
/ Radek


Vic Carmen Sonne
Trine Dyrholm
Besir Zeciri


Director: Magnus von Horn
Producer: Malene Blenkov,
Mariusz Włodarski
Scriptwriters: Magnus von Horn,
Line Langebek
Director of photography: Michał Dymek PSC
Production designer: Jagna Dobesz
Costume designer: Małgorzata Fudala
Make up designer: Anne Cathrine Sauerberg
Line producer: Deborah Marlow, Luiza Skrzek
Editor: Agnieszka Glińska PSM
Sound designer: Oskar Skriver
Casting: Tania Grunwald

Technical Data

Original title: Pigen med nålen
International title: The Girl with the Needle
Duration: ca. 115 min
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Format: DCP
Sound: Dolby SR 7.1
Year: 2024
Original language: Danish
Countries of production: Denmark, Poland, Sweden
Production Companies: Nordisk Film Production
Co-production Companies: Lava Films, EC1 ŁÓDŹ, Lower Silesia Film Centre, Film i Väst, Nordisk Film Sweden
With the support of: Danish Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA, DR, SVT

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