#ReadNordicFilm: The Pact

The pact of a young poet and the aging famous writer Karen Blixen.

Aged 63 Karen Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame and next in line to win the Nobel Prize for literature. It has been 17 years since she gave up her famous farm in Africa only to return to Denmark with her life in ruins. Devastated by syphilis and having lost the love of her life she has reinvented herself as a literary sensation. She is an isolated genius, however, until the day she meets a talented 30-year-old poet. She promises him literary stardom if he in return will obey her unconditionally – even at the cost of him losing everything else in his life…

As a part of the cycle #ReadNordicFilm, we would like to invite you to the Danish Drama based on a true story. 

THE PACT (Pagten, Denmark, 2021, 115 min)

Director: Bille August
Screenplay: Christian Torpe
Appearance: Birthe Neumann, Anders Heinrichsen, Asta August, Simon Bennebjerg, Nanna Skaarup Voss, Marie Mondrup, Kurt Dreyer, Jytte Kvinesdal, Téo Lepetit

The introductions to the film will focus on the personality of Karen Blixen and her books translated to the Czech language. Simultaneously, other books about the life of this remarkable author will be mentioned.

In Danish with Czech subtitles.


15. 3. 19:00 PRAGUE, Edison Filmhub (Jeruzalémská st. 1321/2)
– Introduction by Jitka Jindřišková
– Entry fee: 155 CZK, online at edisonfilmhub.cz

22. 3. 18:00 BRNO, Kino Art (Cihlářská 19)
– Introduction by Barbara Gregorová
– Entry fee:  110 CZK (90 CZK for our members); online at kinoart.cz


Directing films based on books or biographies of famous authors is immensely popular among Scandinavian filmmakers. This project will, amongst other things, show how films and books have dealt with the same topics. The screenings will take place about once every two months in Edison cinema (and regional cinemas) or a virtual cinema. Each of the films will be shortly introduced beforehand, so the visitor can learn about the film itself, its context, direction, and the corresponding literature, along with the characteristics of the said national cinematography. Besides the books available in Czech, the visitors will get to discover the books that have not (yet) been translated into this language.

The screening is organized by the Scandinavian House in cooperation with Edison Filmhub, Kino Art and the distribution company Film Europe as a part of the #ReadNordicFilm cycle. The events have been financially sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Prague Municipality and Statutory city Brno.

Photo: filmeurope.cz