22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Adam's Apples (2005)

Denmark, 2005: 97 minutes
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sun, Apr 30 3:45 PM Buy


As part of our CUFF 2023 Retrospective, see ADAM'S APPLES (2005) as a Double Feature with THE GREEN BUTCHERS (2003), including a live-zoom Q&A with Director Anders Thomas Jensen after the first film (THE GREEN BUTCHERS). 

From CUFF alumnus Anders Thomas Jensen (MEN & CHICKEN, RIDERS OF JUSTICE) and starring his frequent collaborator Mads Mikkelsen, this 2005 comedy is a modern religious fable about belief and the struggle between good and evil. Adam, a neo-Nazi, is sent on community service to a vicarage. Here, the minister Ivan gives Adam the task of baking an apple pie with the apples from the tree growing in front of the church. Meanwhile birds, worms and lightning attack the apples. Ivan believes it is the Devil testing them. Adam believes it is God, because perhaps evil doesn't exist at all.

Toronto International Film Festival 2005
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2005
Seattle International Film Festival 2006
Sydney International Film Festival 2006
Calgary Underground Film Festival 2006

Anders Thomas Jensen is a screenwriter and director from Denmark. In high school he met Tomas Villum Jensen and together they made the short ERNST & THE LIGHT (1996), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action. Jensen’s second short film, WOLFGANG (1997) was also nominated, and in 1999, he won the Academy Award with ELECTION NIGHT. In 2000 he made his first feature film, FLICKERING LIGHTS, followed by THE GREEN BUTCHERS (2003). After ADAM’S APPLES (2005), he took a 10-year break from directing, before returning with MEN & CHICKEN (2015), and then RIDERS OF JUSTICE (2020). Jensen often collaborates with the actors Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

press for Adam's Apples (2005)

"This Danish comedy, like most of that country's dramas, is dark, dark, dark. The film's humor offers an odd blend of subversively sly narrative mixed with bursts of sudden, sharp violence and goofy slapstick."
- Austin Chronicle
"Winner of 14 different awards, it comes from the gifted Anders Thomas Jensen, who excels in black comedy."
- Urban Cinefile


Narrative / Crime / Dark Comedy / Retro

Danish | English Subtitles
97 minutes


Anders Thomas Jensen

Tivi Magnusson
Mie Andreasen

Anders Thomas Jensen

Sebastian Blenkov

Paprika Steen
Ulrich Thomsen
Mads Mikkelsen
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Nicolas Bro
Ali Kazim
Ole Thestrup



Winner of over 20 Festival awards!