In an icy cold Europe, people are slowly moving on after the shocking terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Copenhagen, the newly released criminal Omar has his agenda. meanwhile, filmmaker Finn, Jewish watchman dan, and the worn-out action force officer Rico live their various everyday lives unaware of their common destiny. they are all affected by a rapidly changing world while trying to make sense of their own. all too late they realise that life changes in an instant, fast and merciless, leaving only one of them left to tell the story about the tragic attack that forever changed the country.
Director, Born 1966, Denmark, Graduated in direction from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993, the same year as Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly. Madsen enjoyed success with his short fiction ‘Sinan’s Wedding’ (1997) and debuted as feature director with ‘Pizza King’ (1999), set among a group of young second-generation immigrants who get mixed up with Copenhagen’s crime scene.
Madsen contributed to Dogme 95 with the intense psychological drama ‘Kira’s Reason - A Love Story’ (2001), which was followed by ‘Angels in Fast Motion’ (2005) about three lost souls in a world dominated by hard drugs and desperate addicts. A troubled relationship between husband and wife is at the centre of ‘Prague’ (2006). Madsen’s film about a duo of legendary WWII resistance fighters, ‘Flame & Citron’ (2008), was a huge boxoffice draw. ‘Superclásico’ (2011), Madsen’s first stab at the comedy genre, was Oscar-shortlisted for Best Foreign Language film. “Itsi Bitsi” (2014), a portrait of a generation and a glimpse of Danish rock history in the 1960s, premiered at Toronto Film Festival. In 2020 he adapted the shooting at Kulturhuset Krudttønden and the synagogue in Copenhagen taking place in 2015.
Madsen is an acclaimed director for the small screen, including the series ‘Taxi’ (1997) and ‘Unit 1’ (2000) as well as the six-part post-war noir ‘The Spider’ (2000). He has also directed several episodes of the US action-drama series ‘Banshee’ (2013-).