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The Saint Bernard Syndicate
Australian Premiere
18+ (exemption)
2018 | 100 min | Drama, Comedy | Denmark
Director: Mads Brügger
Cast: Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus Bruun, Flemming Sørensen
Danish and English with English subtitles

One man’s slobbering hound is another man’s exciting business opportunity in The Saint Bernard Syndicate, a semi-scripted cross-cultural comedy, following two awkward European entrepreneurs who set out on an adventure to build a breeding centre for Saint Bernard dogs in China to expected great fortune.  

Rasmus has been given some dire news: He has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., and it won’t be long before his muscles give out. Fortunately, he’s just received an offer from a school acquaintance, Frederik, that’ll allow him to live life to the fullest, in his own unique way. The duo (with a loveable 225lb. Saint Bernard in tow) head to Chongqing, China to sell Saint Bernard dogs to the country’s middle-class. The only catch: The world’s fastest-growing marketplace isn’t as easy to navigate as the two hapless Danes might have wished. 

Danish provocateur Mads Brügger's latest brings all the lessons learned from his subversive, satirical documentaries to this get-rich tale that careens from one disaster to another. Taking full advantage of the comedic skills of its two stars, Danish comic duo Frederik Cilius Jørgensen and Rasmus Bruun, The Saint Bernard Syndicate is a rollicking odd-couple comedy about the pitfalls of striking out into a new economic frontier. 

A slow-burn charmer from Denmark’s Mads Brügger… The Saint Bernard Syndicate provides a constant stream of wry amusement and warm smiles.
Screen Daily
Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival 2018