I dine hænder

by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm

Saturday 17 October – 4.00 pm • Cinema PORTOastra


Maria is a 35-year-old nurse who works in a nursing home. One of her patients is Niels, a young man, paralyzed from the waist down, with a neural disorder that can only get worse and deprives him of any hope and wish to live. Niels has a strong desire to die through assisted suicide in Switzerland. He needs someone to accompany him, for reasons both practical and legal, but his mother and his brother don’t intend to help him to kill himself. Maria decides to go with him.

Since the beginning of the creative process, I have always focused on the perspective of the “partner ” rather than on the person who wishes to die. Before working on the project I wasn’t informed on the issue of assisted suicide and I believed naively that these patients did not love – or even hate – life . However, during my research, I realized that it’s possible at the same time to recognize the beauty of life and to wish for death. In my opinion, this is the interesting aspect of the relationship between Niels, the patient, and his mate, Maria. If he had hated life, it would have been much easier for her. But how do you relate to a person who, on the one hand, recognizes the beauty of life and, on the other hand, rejects it? The intention of the movie is not to propagandize, but I believe and hope that my movie raises many questions and reflections in the viewers.
(Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm)

International Title In Your Arms

Denmark, Germany
Colour, 2015, 88’
Original Language Danish, German, English, Swedish
World Premiere Göteborg Film Festival 2015

Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
Brian Curt Petersen
Theis Schmidt
August Rosenbaum
Lisa Carlehed, Peter Plaugborg, Johanna Wokalek, Kirsten Olesen
Meta Film

regista Samanou A. Sandstrøm

Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm was born in France in 1982. He moved to Denmark in 2001 and the following year he began to work for Lars Von Trier’s Zentropa. He graduated at the National Film School of Denmark in 2011 with the short film Les amours perdues, played by Emmanuelle Béart and Denis Lavant. In Your Arms is his first feature film.

  • I dine hænder (2015)

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