Production of DEN BEDSTE MAND (Danish title) starts in July

Nimbus Film’s drama feature film DEN BEDSTE MAND (Danish title) about the boxer: Jørgen “Gamle”(oldie) Hansen.

Starring Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the leading role with Lene Maria Christensen, Søren Malling and British Arnold Oceng in supporting roles.

Today Nimbus Film announces the upcoming drama DEN BEDSTE MAND about the legendary Danish boxer Jørgen “Gamle” Hansen, who in the 1970s won the European championship title 9 times against all odds. He remains one of the most successful Danish boxers of all time.

Mikkel Serup is the director of the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Crotia and Denmark from July 11ththrough August 19th. The film will premiere in Danish cinemas on June 15, 2017 and is part of the nation-wide cinema programme in Denmark.


The story

“Den bedste mand” (Danish title) tells the touching and entertaining story about the legendary Danish boxer Jørgen “Gamle” Hansen and his wife Hanne. We meet Jørgen in the late 1970’s where most have deemed his boxing career over. He is afraid to fight, his body is worn down and the bank is threatening to take the house. Only one person holds it all together: his love, Hanne – his manager, friend and wife, all in one. Together they fight an unequal battle to keep Jørgen’s career alive. But when Hanne decides that the family Hansen should house the African boxer Ayub Kalule, who according to boxing promoter Mogens Palle is the future of Danish boxing, it becomes clear to Jørgen that he is not ready for retirement just yet…


DEN BEDSTE MAND is inspired by real life events and is an emotional tale about a man who with indomitable support from his wife and a young African boxer manages to step out of his own shadow, find the courage to face his inner demons and eventually becoming a legend.


Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the leading role

The audience can look forward to Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in the role as Jørgen “Gamle” Hansen, while Lene Maria Christensen will be playing Jørgen’s wife, Hanne Hansen. The cast will also include Søren Malling in the role as boxing promoter, Mogens Palle, and British Arnold Oceng as Ayub Kalule. Furthermore, the cast includes Marie Askehave, Benjamin Kitter, Martin Greis, Ari Alexander Andersen, Kristian Høgh Jeppesen and Kristian Fjord.


Behind the camera

Previous work of the director, Mikkel Serup, includes the Danish hit film Klassefesten 2 and working as conceptualizing director on The Killing III (Forbrydelsen III). Preparations are well underway and Mikkel Serup says the following about the movie: “DEN BEDSTE MAND is an understated, underdog story situated in the northern part of Jutland about a father, a husband and a boxer, who has to defeat his own demons before he can defeat others. It is the story about daring to believe that your time will come, even when others tell you that it has long passed.”

The manuscript is written in cooperation between Mikkel Serup, Linn-Jeanethe Kyed and Søren Felbo.

Lea Løbger produces DEN BEDSTE MAND for Nimbus Film ApS in co-production with Mainframe Production and Pegasus Pictures.  The film is financed with the support of The Danish Film Institute and Croatian Audiovisuel Center, in cooperation with TV2 Denmark and awaiting support from the Icelandic Film Fund. Nordisk Film Distribution distributes DEN BEDSTE MAND nationally.