Denmark is at war. As a nation, we’d rather not think about it. Not so for Annette K. Olesen, whose "Little Soldier", written by Kim Fupz Aakeson, tells the dramatic story of a woman soldier who returns from Afghanistan, traumatised and rootless. Their fourth time in Berlin, the directorwriter duo won the Blue Angel in 2002 for "Minor Mishaps".
Trine Dyrholm is hands-down Denmark’s biggest female film star.
Bridget Jones’ embarrassing ways don’t mean much. They just scuff up the ego a bit. Laying yourself bare, daring to show solidarity and empathy – now that’s embarrassing. When something greater than yourself is at stake, it’s much worse, say Mette Horn and Lotte Svendsen, respectively the main character and director of "Max Embarrassing", a film about teenaged Max and his nerdy mom that’s guaranteed to make you cringe.
That ought to be very simple: a girl, a boy, a cat, a mouse. Pil Maria Gunnarsson’s short film "The Mouse" is a deeply touching story about the hesitant beginnings of love, powerful jealousy and loss of innocence, based on an experience from the director’s childhood. The film has been in the pipelines for a long time, and the result is a tight and powerful children’s drama with a carefully crafted visual concept.
One of the best faces in Danish children’s and youth film, Shooting Star Cyron Melville is gearing up for a whole new stage in his career.
27 years after his masterwork "The Tree of Knowledge", Danish cinema’s purest auteur Nils Malmros is bringing out a sequel. Shot over nearly three years, "Aching Hearts" brings the serious-minded high-school youth of the early 1960s to life with vigour and wit.
Nils Malmros holds a unique position in Danish film as cinematic storyteller, memoirist and auteur.
Thomas Heinesen is a key producer at Denmark’s oldest and biggest production company, Nordisk Film. Standing out in the press is not for him. Each new film is challenge enough. "Aching Hearts" is Heinesen’s second collaboration with Nils Malmros, a director who usually ends up getting it his way.
There are no two ways about love: either to the full and more, or not at all. Director Simon Staho’s rampage against all the killjoys, cowards and rationalists of love.
It was a long road to a first feature for director Kathrine Windfeld. Struggling to get a foot in the door, she is ready to put big emotions into Danish cinema. "The Escape" is the story of a Danish journalist who is kidnapped by Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Rather than dictate a moral, the director wants to grab people’s hearts.
Dependence on another person can be a disease, Heidi Maria Faisst says. The Danish director’s feature film debut "The Blessing" is a drama about a young mother who has a hard time breaking away from her own mother. The film had a headstart in 2009, being selected for the festivals in both Göteborg and Rotterdam.
Manyar I. Parwani has no intention of sneaking out a polite debut feature. He wants to make a splash and shake up the audience with a movie about an important issue. Inspired by true events, "When Heaven Falls" is about a young woman’s dramatic showdown with her brutal past.
Thanks to a new fund, Copenhagen Film Festivals, the Danish capital can present a new, stronger festival line-up. Copenhagen Film Festivals embraces the CPH:DOX documentary film festival, the BUSTER children & youth film festival, and CPH:PIX, a brand new feature film festival opening on 16 April 2009. “It’s essential that we maintain our separate identities in the new partnership,” the three festival directors all agree. FILM spoke with Tine Fischer (DOX), Füsun Eriksen (BUSTER) and Jacob Neiiendam (PIX).
Multiple initiatives have been launched over the last 20 years to strengthen the European film industry. One of the new kids on the block in terms of addressing the sector’s key policy issues is the Copenhagen-based European Film ThinkTank. The fledgling body has already established enviable momentum, and its conclusions and recommendations are now pondered carefully by industry players.
DREYER. It’s fascinating that, while the general image of Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer is that of a grave, elderly gentleman, his youthful years tell an entirely different story. His life raises many questions, but above all it has produced a handful of films that still command attention and remain in demand the world over.
The golden age of Dogme opened a door to the world for Danish actors. Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Zlatko Buric, Jakob Cedergren and their Danish agents sketch their own part in the current trend – a trend that also has Ulrich Thomsen featuring in Berlin’s opening film "The International".
Following his international breakthrough as a villain crying tears of blood in "Casino Royale", Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is starring in three European films opening this year: Anno Saul’s "Die Tür" (Germany), Jan Kounen’s "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky" (France) and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s English-language "Valhalla Rising".
Directors Lone Scherfig, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jonas Elmer plus screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg – all used their Danish hits as launch pads to international work. Scherfig’s "An Education" took home two awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Producer Regner Grasten has remade his decade-old Danish blockbuster "Love at First Hiccup" in Los Angeles.Rule number one, he says: Do it hundred percent the American way.
Mads Matthiesen’s short fiction "Cathrine" carries the directors distinctive style: a strong social involvement and a desire for realism. Although a recent film school graduate, Matthiesen is not without festival experience. "Mum" (2006) competed at the Venice Film Festival, and "Dennis" (2007) was selected for Sundance.