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The Saint Bernard Syndicate

Sankt bernhard syndikatet

Mads Brügger

Animals, Comedy, Dark Comedy

Contemporary World Cinema

Danish, English, ChineseEnglish SubtitlesDenmark2018100 min


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A lovable Saint Bernard aptly named Dollar serves as a marketing tool for two inept Danish entrepreneurs who develop a get-rich-quick scheme to breed dogs in China. Frederik, the mastermind of the venture, seeks investors for what he believes will be an easy market. Desperate for cash, he targets Rasmus, a classmate he bullied at boarding school. Rasmus—devastated by a recent diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease—decides to finance the Saint Bernard Syndicate with his inheritance, partnering with Fredrik to introduce “the panda of the West” to Chinese businessmen.

Director Mads Brügger shows off the comedic skills of his two leading men as they attempt to cross cultural barriers in Chongqing. Repeated rejection and a disastrous launch party punctuated by the song “Who Let the Dogs Out” almost defeat the bickering duo. But as the inevitability of Rasmus’s disease becomes clear, he and Frederik come to terms in unexpected ways.

SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)

Producer: Jakob Kirstein Høgel, Emilie Lebech Kaae | Editor: Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen | Cinematographer: Jonas Berlin | Screenwriter: Lærke Sanderhoff
Cast: Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus Bruun, Odessa, Flemming Sørensen, Vibeke Manniche

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