Director Asger Leth has revealed that five-part drama Liberty, which premieres as part of the Berlinale Series sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival (15 – 25 February), reflects some experiences that he shares with Jakob Ejersbo, upon whose novel and childhood the series is based.
Asger Leth says: “My father lives in Haiti, and has done for over 30 years. I came to Haiti for the first time when I was 12-13 years old… So I’ve also lived a life – like Jakob Ejersbo – in an expat community of people who came from outside to help, create NGOs and so on.”
“The journey that Jakob Ejersbo went through with his family, I shared in many ways in Haiti. Especially during the formative teenage years, where you are trying to find yourself while adults are too busy with their own lives.”
“So you find some other kids and local friends, discover their music and nightclubs. It’s almost a parallel existence. So I felt the book was talking to me. It was part of my upbringing.”
Liberty, which begins 25th February on DR1 in Denmark, stars Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Carsten Bjørnlund (The Legacy), Anton Hjejle, Charlie Karumi, Magnus Krepper (Gentlemen), and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator).