January 21, M
Directed by Academy Award winner, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables), The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed in the film respectively by Academy Award winner, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything), and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). In 1926 in Copenhagen, artist, Einar Wegener, is married to Gerda Wegener, and is revered for his landscape paintings. Gerda is also an artist, less renowned but steadily working as a portraitist of prominent citizens. Theirs is a strong and loving marriage, yet personal and professional epiphanies have eluded them both. That all begins to change one day when, on deadline for a portrait, Gerda asks her husband to fill in for a model by putting on a dress so that she can finish the painting. The experience is transformative, as Einar soon realises that being Lili is an expression of her truest self, and she begins living her life as a woman. Gerda unexpectedly finds that she has a new muse, and renewed creative ferment. But the couple soon brushes up against society’s disapproval. They leave their homeland for the more open-minded world of Paris. There, it is Gerda’s career that continues to flourish. The couple’s marriage evolves – and not without strain. But again and again, Gerda supports Lili during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds the courage to be who they are at heart. The Danish Girl is one of the most powerful love stories of the year.
Thanks to Universal, each ClubInk member receives a double pass to this moving true life drama.