Cast and crew members of “Redbad: The Legend” will be present at a premiere screening of the film at the Zaailand in Leeuwarden on Saturday night.
Translation by Traci White
Given that the longest day of the year took place this past week, the outdoor screening will start at 10:30 at the Wilhelminaplein, near the Fries Museum, in the heart of Leeuwarden, to a crowd of up to 2,500 movie-goers. Attendees can arrive starting at 9 p.m., and many members of the cast and crew will be in attendance as well.
The Leeuwarder Courant reports that the official cinema premiere of the film will take place on Monday, 25 June in Den Bosch. The rights to show the film in theatres have been sold to 14 countries after the movie was screened at the Cannes festival.
The film tells the story of Frisian folk hero Radboud, who joined forces with the Vikings to fight against the Christians who were trying to force their religious views on the inhabitants of the lowlands in the Middle Ages.
“Redbad” was filmed in various locations across Friesland, including Ameland and the Alde Feanen, and stars a cast of primarily Dutch actors, as well as Jonathan Banks, best known from the television series “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”.
Klaas de Jong, the film’s producer, claimed several weeks ago that Facebook was refusing to share the film’s trailer because it was deemed offensive to Christians, but that turned out not to be true. Google AdWords did not want to screen the trailer as an ad ahead of other videos on YouTube, but the film trailer itself on the site was never impacted or withheld.
Tickets cost 12 euros and are still available for the Frisian premiere of the film, but visitors will not be refunded if the screening is cancelled due to poor weather. However, the forecast for Saturday evening looks like it should stay dry.