See Martin de Thurah’s haunting short film about the Vikings for a Danish museum

The 17-minute piece is finally made public after anchoring a museum exhibition for two years

Published On
Jan 04, 2024
A dead bearded king lying with dead leaves on his eyes

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Martin de Thurah, one of advertising’s most celebrated directors, had a chance two years ago to create a short film for the National Museum of Denmark exploring the Viking history of Denmark—in particular, King Björn Ironside’s brutal attempt to conquer Rome in the ninth century.

The critically lauded 17-minute film ran alongside the museum’s exhibition on Denmark’s Viking Age for the past two years, but is now finally available to stream online. 


It has a haunting, poetic feel, which de Thurah has brought to some of his more traditional ad projects as well—such as Under Armour’s Michael Phelps spot.


Jan 04, 2024
Client :
National Museum of Denmark
Director :
Martin de Thurah
Kasper Tuxen
Editor :
Peter Brandt
Production Designer :
Rie Lykke
Production Company :
Written by :
Martin de Thurah
Written by :
Jesper Fink
Producer :
Oliver Kornberg Sand
Producer :
Magnus Nygaard Albertsen
Executive Producer :
Mette Jermiin
Production Manager :
Nicholas Perry
Post Producer :
Louise Ryge
1st AD :
Stefan Danholm
Cast :
Marc Helt
Cast :
Rex Leonard
Cast :
Joel Alter
Cast :
Peter Flyvholm
Cast :
Harald Jacobsen
Cast :
Maren Fidje Bjørneseth
Commissioner :
Jeanette Varberg
Commissioner :
Jakob Høgel
Sound Designer :
Adrian Aurelius
Music :
Ida Duelund
Music :
Maria Jagd
VO :
Kira Skov
Post-Production & VFX :
VFX Supervisor :
Jonas Drehn
VFX Supervisor :
Mikkel Hansen
Colorist :
Hannibal Lang
Colorist :
Lasse Slevli

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