Flame & Citron
by Ole Christian Madsen
Copenhagen 1944. While the Danish population hopes for a swift end to the war, freedom fighters Bent Faurschou-Hviid (23), a.k.a. Flame and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (33), a.k.a. Citron, secretly put their lives at stake fighting for the Holger Danske resistance group. The fearless and uncompromising Flame is a confirmed anti-fascist and dreams of the day when the group will assemble and openly launch an armed counterattack at the occupying power. The more sensitive family man, Citron, used to work primarily as a driver for Flame, but now finds himself becoming more deeply involved in the group's work.
When their immediate superior, Aksel Winther, orders them into action against two German Abwehr officers, events start to get out of hand. Flame engages in conversation with the talented and intelligent Colonel Gilbert and for first time, Flame calls the soundness of the order he is about to execute into question...Something feels terribly wrong. Furthermore, when suspicion turns to his girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious courier, Ketty, Flame begins to spot the outline of a different and mostly hidden agenda. Can Ketty be trusted? Can Winther? And who really works for whom? While their doubts gnaw at them, Flame and Citron come to feel that they are on shaky ground. Desperate, disillusioned and with a sense of having been betrayed by their superiors, they decide only to trust each other and concentrate their efforts on getting to the much hated and feared chief of the Gestapo, Hoffmann.
The film is inspired by actual events and eyewitness accounts from some of the people who experienced Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith ("Citron") at very close range.
A young talent from Denmark, Ole Christian Madsen made his directoral feature film debut in 1999 with »Pizza King« that won him the Golden Moon Award of the Cine Jove IFF in Valencia. The film, also a Nimbus Film production, was sold into 15 territories and marks the beginning of a number of successful feature films - winning numerous prestigious awards and selling well into European territories, such as »Prague«, »Nordkraft« and the Dogme picture »Kira's Reason - A Love Story« that garnered Robert and Bodil Awards as Best Film of the Year. Also on TV, Ole Christian Madsen is a well known name directing the acclaimed historical TV drama mini-series »Edderkoppen« (The Spider) in 2000.
2007 »Flame & Citron«
2002-2003 »Unit One« (TV Series), Director only
2001 »Kira's Reason - A Love Story«
2000 »Edderkoppen« (The Spider - TV Miniseries), Director
1999 »Pizza King«
Thure Lindhardt - Flame
Mads Mikkelsen - Citron
Stine Stengade - Ketty
Peter Mygind - Winther
Christian Berkel - Hoffmann
Hanns Zischler - Gilbert
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Screenplay: Lars K. Andersen & Ole Christian Madsen
Producer: Lars Bredo Rahbek
Cinematographer: Jørgen Johansson
Editor: Søren B. Ebbe
Production Designer: Jette Lehmann
Composer: Karsten Fundal
A production of Nimbus Rights II Aps
Supported by Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Deutscher Filmförderfonds Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
In cooperation with TV 2 | Danmark, Sandrew Metronome, The Match Factory, Canal+, TV2 Norge, SVT, NFP, YLE / Substanz
In co-production with Wüste Filmproduktion, Wüste Film Ost, Studio Babelsberg, OC Film, Sirena Film, Duckling, Mainstream, Kameraudlejningen, 4½ Developed with the support of the Media Programme
Format: 35 mm / 25fps / 1:2,35 (Cinemascope) / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 130 Min.
Original Language: Danish, German
Original title: Flammen & Citronen