Bier’s hard-to-watch, Scandinavian-noir, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’, starring Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will finally arrive in U.S. theaters later this week, just as saved-by-police Hope Hoplets’ birthmother, Crystal Champs, is on a successful road to recovery.

Los Angeles, CA – July 9, 2018

How far would you go to save the life of an innocent child?

ROCK SALT RELEASING presents Oscar-winning / Primetime Emmy-nominated director, Susanne Bier (‘The Night Manager’, ‘In A Better World’) and her gritty, Scandinavian-noir drama, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ (aka En chance til) to the U.S. for a weeklong theatrical run starting July 13th. Raw, complex and emotional, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ dives deep into human nature’s battle against tragedy and the lengths parents will go for innocent children. Written by Ander Thomas Jensen (‘All You Need is Love’, ‘In A Better World’), ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ is a dark, devastating film paralleling two distinct families – the perfectly happy Detective Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), his wife Anne and their healthy son, and – low-life heroin addict, Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his girlfriend, who have neglected their baby boy to an extreme.

But when Andreas and his alcoholic partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen), get a domestic disturbance call from Tristian’s apartment, Andreas cannot seem to shake the sights of the neglected child, covered in his own excrement and surrounded by the fumes from his parents’ heated spoons. Despite his moral values and commitment to the law as a cop, Andreas captures the tragedy’s blur between just and unjust and the moral implications of his decisions affect both families as he discovers that the aren’t so different from one another. “That is the center of the movie… to get to the point of, ‘I know I should not be doing this, but I will be doing it.’ I think parenthood is one of the reasons for a decent human being to lose all boundaries. I don’t think the movie is about parenthood per se, but I think it’s a condition which enables you to act in a very extreme way, when you otherwise would not,” said Bier to Los Angeles TimesMark Olsen.

CNN Washington correspondent, Ed Lavandera headlined: “Police officer who adopted addict’s baby to be Trump’s State of the Union guest” – re-visiting the heroic tale of Ryan Holets, the brave police officer who adopted a newborn from Albuquerque, NM belonging to a heroin addict (Crystal Champ). Like Andreas, Ryan Holets was traumatized by the treatment of an innocent child, portraying how Bier’s ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ plays into the real-life battle of human nature against tragedy, and the ultimate lengths parents will go for innocent children. Named Hope Holets, her birthmother is one of the many suffering from America’s opioid epidemic, as Hope herself suffered from painful opioid withdrawals due to the detox, and even endured methadone treatment. Inviting the Holets family to Trump’s State of the Union on January 30, 2018, “The Trump administration hopes to use the Holets family’s story to highlight its efforts in fighting opioid abuse across the country,” wrote Lavandera. However, the Holets’ family mission is far more humble, as they aim to send “a message to help change the country’s view of those trapped in the grips of addiction and homelessness,” he continued.

Photo from CNN: Crystal Champ, ‘Hope Hoplets’ birthmother, before and after receiving rehab and support.

Last week, CNN’s Lavandera updated the U.S. revealing that earlier this December, Champ began an extremely difficult and painful detox process in Florida. “Champ graduated from the Mending Fences drug treatment program in March and now is part of a sober living community working toward living on her own. Reaching the treatment center was an overwhelming accomplishment for Champ, who had once before been through drug rehabilitation and relapsed.” Lavandera added, “The adoption of Hope is open, and the Holetses said they will share the child’s milestones with Champ. They also plan to be upfront about this mixed family’s journey and said Champ will always be welcome in their home and welcome to be a part of Hope‘s life.”

Photo from CNN: 
Police officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca, adopted Champ’s baby. Baby Hope is starting to communicate and roll over.

“But this kind of stuff only happens in movies and books with happy endings. Usually, in real life, you don’t see stuff like this,” said Ryan Holets, cited by CNN. But as a rare gem, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ stands out as one of the few films in Hollywood that dive into the moral conflicts and implications most adults suffer from, including Champ and the Holets. Starting July 13th, ROCK SALT RELEASING will represent the U.S. weeklong theatrical of ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ at select theaters including Los Angeles’ Arena Cinelounge Sunset.  For press inquires, please contact:

In collaboration with Trustnordisk and production companies, Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn and Film I Vast, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ will be available on video streaming platforms starting July 23rd. Alongside Coster-Waldau, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ stars award-winning Swedish actress, Maria Bonnevie (‘I Am Dina’, ‘The Banishment”, ‘The 13th Warrior’), Nikolai Lie Kaas (‘Angels & Demons’) and debuting model, Lykke May Andersen. Alongside are Ulrich Thomsen (‘The Blacklist’, ‘The Thing’, ‘Hitman’), nominated Roland Moller (‘Papillon’, ‘Atomic Blonde’) and Peter Harber (‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’).


A 2nd CHANCE (2018, 102 min.) Directed by Susanne Bier. Editor: Pernille Bech Christensen. Cinematographer: Michael Snyman. Original Music: Johan Söderqvist. US, English. Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn, Film I Vast. TriCoast Worldwide, Rock Salt Releasing.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn and Film I Vast. 

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