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May el-Toukhy 2018 2h 8m


• Audience Award - Sundance Film Festival
• Best Nordic Film Award, Best Acting Award, Audience Award Best Nordic Film - Göteborg International Film Festival
• Best Director - Transilvania International Film Festival
• Best Actor - Hong Kong International Film Festival


Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events destined to destroy her world.

About the director:

May el-Toukhy (1977) is born and brought up in a suburb of Copenhagen, by her Danish mother and Egyptian father. She has a background in theatre, and graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2002, before she moved on to film and graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009. Her first feature film and national breakthrough “LONG STORY SHORT” was a success among both the audience and critics, and won her, her writer and members of the cast several awards. The film was made in collaboration with producer Caroline Blanco and author Maren Louise Käehne that she has known since film school, apart from Trine Dyrholm who also starred in the film, and the four decided to continue the vibrant coalition on QUEEN OF HEARTS. Apart from doing feature films el-Toukhy has also been working in theatre, directed radio-plays and episodes of the award-winning TV series “The Legacy” and “Ride Upon the Storm” at the DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). QUEEN OF HEARTS is her second feature.

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May El-Toukhy




Jasper Spanning

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