Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Gold Coast

Year: 2015
Run Time: 114 minutes

Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Gold Coast

When Danish botanist Wulff Joseph Wulff set sail for Africa in 1836, he thought he was on a mission to establish a coffee plantation in what was then Danish Guinea (now Ghana). But soon after arriving, Wulff learned there were sinister forces swirling in the thick forests. Daniel Dencik’s GOLD COAST charts Wulff’s Heart of Darkness-like journey from well-intentioned innocence to disillusioned interloper as he runs afoul of brutal slave traders and corrupt government officials. The constant subtext: Wulff’s obsession with exotic plant life and the beautiful landscapes that fuel his philosophical musings about humanity, morality, and the circular patterns of nature. Jakob Oftebro sorrowfully inhabits Wulff’s psychological and physical deterioration. Dencik based his fictional tale in part on Wulff’s actual letters home and enhanced the drama’s authenticity by shooting on location in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Denmark. (In Danish with subtitles) –C.O.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 11:15 AM

African Diaspora

Daniel Dencik

Since graduating from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999, Daniel Dencik has tackled a wide range of creative projects as a screenwriter, film editor, poet, book author, and documentarian. He divides his time between Copenhagen and Los Angeles.

"Moon Rider" (2012), "The Expedition to the End of the World" (2013), GOLD COAST (2015)

Michael Haslund-Christensen

Daniel Dencik

Martin Munch

Theis Schmidt, Rebekka Lønqvist

Principal Cast
Jakob Oftebro, Danic Curcic, John Aggrey, Adam Ild Rohweder

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