VICTIM OF LOVE

Charly is looking for his American girlfriend, Amy, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances during a vacation stay at a hotel in Copenhagen. A few months later Charly decides to revisit the hotel to finally solve the mystery once and for all. However, Charly's investigation is quickly derailed by the mysterious and flirtatious receptionist, Felicija, and his own gradually failing judgement that leads him into a phantasmagorical nightmare.

  • Jesper Isaksen
    Director
    The Visitor, No Exit 2 - Rise Against, No Exit
  • Jesper Isaksen
    Writer
    The Visitor, No Exit 2 - Rise Against, No Exit
  • Jesper Isaksen
    Producer
    The Visitor, No Exit 2 - Rise Against, No Exit
  • Julie Elisabeth Oest-Jacobsen
    Producer
    Uncle, Liberation
  • Rudi Køhnke
    Key Cast
    “Charly”
    The Birdcather's Son, Christian the IV, Warrior
  • Louise Cho
    Key Cast
    “Amy”
    Le Accelerator, Dark Samurai
  • Siff Andersson
    Key Cast
    “Felicija”
    Faces of fear, Insect
  • Paw Terndrup
    Key Cast
    “Frederik”
    The Story of Denmark, Robin
  • Sabrina Ferguen
    Key Cast
    “Chloe”
  • Jens Blegaa
    Key Cast
    “Joe Ludwig”
    The Lord's Way, Reconstruction
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Denmark
  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark
  • Language:
    Danish, English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, 5K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    Scope
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • CPH PIX
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    November 16, 2019
    Danish premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • ROBERT (Danish Film Academy)
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    January 26, 2020
    NOMINEE // BEST ORIGINAL SONG
  • Ravenheart International Film festival
    Oslo
    Norway
    August 28, 2020
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
Director Biography - Jesper Isaksen

Jesper Isaksen is a talented director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His first short NIMA (16 min.) a homemade low budget gangster tale from the streets of Copenhagen was shown at Danish National Television.

Another short gangster tale NO EXIT (12. min) was selected semifinalist out of more than 15.000 short films in the global "YourFilmFestival" conducted by Ridley & Tony Scott and Michael Fassbender. The first prize was 500.000 USD.

NO EXIT went on to participate in the biggest and most prestigious short film festival in Denmark "EKKO SHORTLIST" and went straight to the top 10 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks straight. The sequel, NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST, also participated in "EKKO SHORTLIST" with a 1st place as the highest ranking. It went on to roam the top 10 in 13 consecutive weeks straight. NO EXIT 2 was later nominated in two categories "The Shortlist Award" and also "The Audience Award" at EKKO Award Show 2014.

The short film comedy THE VISITOR premiered at Orlando Film festival in 2018 and also received a nomination for "Best Foreign Language Short Film". In 2019 it got selected as part of the Official Selection at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival and also won the "Best Comedy" award at Annual Aarhus Film Festival. At present time it's roaming the top 10 at EKKO Shortlist 2019/2020 with a 1st place as the highest ranking.

In the fall of 2019 Jesper finished his first feature film VICTIM OF LOVE, a dense psychological and bloody yet stylish horror-thriller starring Danish powerhouse actor Rudi Køhnke. It premiered Saturday the 16th of November 2019 at the biggest feature film festival in Denmark, CPH PIX. It also received a Robert nomination by the Danish Film Academy for “Best Original Song” by Julian Winding at The Danish Film Awards 2020. Robert is equivalent to the American Oscar, the French César and the British BAFTA.

It will continue its festival run in 2020 and hopefully reach theatrical and streaming distribution late 2020, more to come!

Jesper has also directed more than 20 music videos.

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Director Statement

VICTIM OF LOVE is my first feature film ever. I've written a dense and compressed story that will suck you right in despite the slow burner feel and pace of the movie. I have also created a highly stylized, intense, haunting and beautiful horror-thriller universe that will give the audience an intense cinematic experience. The movie is unlike any other Danish movie you've ever seen - that's a promise!

It's beautifully shot by upcoming cinematographer Mathias Tegtmeier and color graded by Norman Nisbet who also graded THE NEON DEMON (Nicolas Winding Refn) and MELANCHOLIA (Lars Von Trier) to name a few.

We've been working hard at Norman's studio, MAMBA in Copenhagen to create the right visual and gritty signature that reflects the story and plays perfectly together with the dynamic, hard-hitting and surreal sound design by American sound designer Peter Seeba. To top it off my longtime friend Søren Haahr spend a year composing the most inspiring, uncompromising and dark soundtrack in the true spirit of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson.

I also began a fruitful collaboration with composer Julian Winding (THE NEON DEMON, TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG) who created the perfectly crafted track "Bleed for it". A dark, intriguing and pumping track that makes a beautiful match with a few but very important scenes in the movie.

The role of the torn up "Charly", who is descending into hell while trying to find his American girlfriend Amy, is played by Danish powerhouse actor Rudi Køhnke, who is represented by the most prestigious agency in Denmark, the internationally well-known Panorama Agency. He is well on his way to an international career and he's making a brilliant and intense performance in VICTIM OF LOVE! In fact, he was born to play this role!