Bersærk: a Modern Saga about an Ancient Conflict

When no one believes that he is the reincarnation of Thor, a young British-Chinese immigrant living in Denmark hires a film crew to document his efforts to stop Ragnarok, allegedly led by his jætte ex-girlfriend.

Bersærk is a mockumentary following Archie, a young British-Chinese immigrant who lives in Denmark and believes himself to be the reincarnation of Thor. Through handheld footage and talking heads, we see how his state of mind has affected him daily. Archie is now not only subject to verbal abuse because of his ethnicity but also because of his newfound belief. This reinforces society’s exclusion of him to the point where he places all his frustrations on his ex-girlfriend, Jette, whom he believes to be a jætte troll plotting Ragnarok. She files a restraining order against him, which forces Archie to recognize his delusion. The film crew reaches out to Jette for an ending - only to discover she was a troll all along.

Girault says: Both Amanda and I are film enthusiasts who have sought the right opportunity to channel our creative energy into one significant project. We wanted to make a film addressing our everyday experiences of social exclusion as a half-Dane and a non-Dane living in Denmark. I believe that the mockumentary is an effective format that allows us to examine further the challenges of cultural integration and the consequences of prejudice and discrimination in a thought-provoking manner. By weaving together elements of Norse mythology with contemporary societal issues and through empathy and identification with Bersærk’s lead, Archie, the film aims to prompt critical reflection to expose flaws in systems perpetuating racism. The importance of responsibly portraying diverse experiences and amplifying marginalized voices is at the core of our movie. We hope that Bersærk encourages audiences to challenge societal norms and foster empathy towards individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

Curdt-Christiansen says: I am what you might call an ‘udenlandsdansker’ - I grew up with Danish culture but in a secondary way. When I finally did move to Denmark, it felt like home/not home, and I was mostly still treated as ‘udenlandsk’ (the fact that I am not white, of course, contributed to this). I was inspired by the immigrant experience in Copenhagen and imagined this as an obsession with Norse mythology, as a way of assimilating into Scandinavian culture. The story is rooted in reality, despite being depicted through a fantastical/comedic lens. Many scenes are taken directly from my experiences or those of our friends and other immigrants/POC living in Denmark. In a way, the film portrays a desperate desire to belong - one that I have both experienced and witnessed. This loneliness is further emphasised through 'hyggeracisme,’ something I have wanted to reflect on screen for a long time - particularly towards Asian people, as this always seems to be swept under the rug as ‘bare en joke’ and I’m always told to ‘bare slap af’. This is linked to the stereotype of Asians as meek, quiet, and laughable; but in this film, the Asian character is physically intimidating and speaks confidently. For once, we are encouraged to laugh with him instead of at him.




Oscar Burton Xi
Rikke Ahm Hansen
Camilla Gottlieb
Frederik Carlsen
Mathias Kruse Gregersen
Johan August Dyrkøv Høegh
Anton Wittorff Stauersbøll
Lasse Koch Egholm Andersen


Valentin Christensen
Leonardo Bosetti
Erik Hertel
Paloma Lopez Garcia-Pelayo
Christian Lightbody
Elena Drachmann
Jonathan Schmidt Møller
Johan August Dyrkøv Høegh
Anna Macchia
Peter Hantsch
Mathias Kruse Gregersen
Oskar Ditzel
Anton Wittorff Stauersbøll
Michelle Breinholt Olsen
Jonas Gulliksen
Johannes Astrup
Faraos Cigarer
Asger Falck


Gustav Nordentoft Nissen
Emil Lund Holst
Ada Załęcka
Tillie Buisson
Silas Hjelm Kaplan
Zafer Fanari
Romy Mugnaini Girault
Anton Wittorff Stauersbøll
Eliott Becheau
James Stonehewern