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Flammen og Citronen

Flame & Citron
File:Flammen & Citronen.jpg
Directed by Ole Christian Madsen
Produced by Lars Bredo Rahbek
Written by Ole Christian Madsen
Lars K. Andersen
Starring Thure Lindhardt
Mads Mikkelsen
Jesper Christensen
Peter Mygind
Stine Stengade
Country Denmark
Language Danish / German

Flame & Citron[1] (Danish: Flammen & Citronen) is a 2008 Danish drama/action co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, is about two Danish resistance movement fighters during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.


Set in 1943 and 1944, the film is loosely based on actual events involving two of the most active fighters in the Holger Danske resistance group during World War II - Bent Faurschou-Hviid (known as Flammen, played by Thure Lindhardt) and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (known as Citron, played by Mads Mikkelsen), who both died toward the end of the war. As the two friends assassinate Danish Nazis and collaborators, they also find themselves in deadly duels with treacherous handlers, competing resistance groups, and a femme fatale (played by Stine Stengade) who might be a double (or even triple) agent. Ultimately, they find that they can only trust one another.



The movie is named from the nicknames of the two main characters. Flammen refers to the colour of Bent Faurschou-Hviid's copper red hair, after a failed attempt to dye it blond.[2] Citron (Danish for Lemon) got his nickname because, while working for the Citroën motor-car company in Copenhagen, he sabotaged German cars and trucks.[3]


Filming took place at the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, and large parts of the film were also recorded at locations in Copenhagen and Prague. With a budget of more than 46 million Danish kroner (or 6.16 million Euros), the movie is one of the most expensive Danish language movies ever.[4]

Director Ole Christian Madsen has stated he was influenced by Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows in making the film.[5]


The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 87% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 69 reviews.[6] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 74 out of 100, based on 20 reviews.[7]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2009 Bodil Awards[8] Best Actor Thure Lindhardt Nominated
Best Cinematography Jørgen Johansson Won
Best Danish Film Ole Christian Madsen Nominated
2010 Chlotrudis Awards[9] Best Supporting Actor Mads Mikkelsen Nominated
2008 European Film Awards[10] Best Actor Thure Lindhardt Nominated
Mads Mikkelsen Nominated
2008 International Film Festival of Marrakech[11] Golden Star Ole Christian Madsen Nominated
2009 Robert Awards[12] Best Actor Thure Lindhardt Nominated
Best Cinematography Jørgen Johansson Nominated
Best Costume Design Manon Rasmussen Won
Best Director Ole Christian Madsen Nominated
Best Editor Søren B. Ebbe Nominated
Best Film Ole Christian Madsen (director) and Lars Bredo Rahbek (producer) Nominated
Best Make-Up Jens Bartram and Sabine Schumann Won
Best Original Score Karsten Fundal Nominated
Best Production Design Jette Lehmann Won
Best Screenplay Lars Andersen and Ole Christian Madsen Nominated
Best Sound Hans Møller Won
Best Special Effects Hummer Høimark, Jonas Drehn and Thomas Busk Won
Best Supporting Actor Mads Mikkelsen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Stine Stengade Nominated
2008 Valladolid International Film Festival Golden Spike Ole Christian Madsen Nominated
2009 Zulu Awards[13] Best Actor Thure Lindhardt Won
Best Film Ole Christian Madsen Won
Best Supporting Actor Peter Mygind Won


External links

  • (Danish)
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
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