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Mads Mikkelsen reunites with the Danish director of 2013 Oscar nominee The Hunt for this Cannes-selected story of a group of friends who put a controversial theory - that maintaining a certain blood alcohol level improves social performance - to the test.
A Norwegian philosopher argues man is born with a blood alcohol level that is 0.5% too low. Inspired by that theory, Martin (Mikkelsen) and three of his friends and high school teachers launch a drinking experiment. Their mundane existence is an endless row of trivialities so this project might be exactly what they need.
If Churchill won WWII in a heavy daze of alcohol, imagine how the powerful drops can affect the daily humdrum? The four teachers - and a handful of students - decide to uphold a constant level of intoxication. Under the influence our four friends become braver, more musical, teaching grows interesting and results soar. As the units are knocked back the experiment both progresses and derails. It becomes clear that while alcohol historically has fuelled great results, all actions have consequences.
Friday 23rd October
Danish, with English Subtitles
Palace Byron Bay