EDITORIAL. This year, as every year, a wide assortment of European film industry players – merchants, artists, media and public funders – will be descending on Cannes. All arrive at the notorious gathering hole, now celebrating its 65th anniversary, full of dreams and aspirations – of golden palms, successful negotiations, glowing reviews, new partnerships, of wrapping up the financing on their next film. The stakes are high and, as always in the wonderful and gnarly world of film, there are more losers than winners.
CANNES 2012. Thomas Vinterberg has always sought new ways to push his artistic limits. Now, 14 years after his Dogme film "The Celebration" took Cannes by storm, the Danish director is bringing another powerful drama to the world’s most prestigious film festival. "The Hunt", about a man wrongly accused who is exposed to the hatred of everyone in his small town, marks a return to the purity of vision he had at the beginning of his career, the director tells Mike Goodridge.
INTERVIEW. After a string of intense dramas, Susanne Bier turns to comedy in "Love Is All You Need", set in sunny Sorrento, Italy, and with the romantic pairing up of Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Mike Goodridge talks to the director about the nerve-wracking joy of winning an Oscar, her collaboration with writer Anders Thomas Jensen and how to balance an uncomfortable subject matter with all the charms of a romcom.
INTERVIEW. In his first Danish film in 25 years, Bille August takes up a golden piece of Danish history – the Skagen painters and Marie Krøyer, an artist struggling to break free from the shadow of her celebrated husband.
CANNES 2012. She got her start in the industry on a fluke, learned the ropes during the Dogme wave and recently struck out on her own as an independent producer, opening her own company, Toolbox Film. Now Signe Leick Jensen, producer on Bille August's "Marie Krøyer", has been picked to be Denmark's Producer on the Move in Cannes.
NEW ANIMATION. It's been almost four years since Jan Rahbek won the Nordisk Film & TV Fund's Nordic Talent Pitch. Now he has transformed his winning idea into the animated action-comedy "Marco Macaco". Though a few things have changed along the way, the basic elements remain the same: monkeys, a kitschy exotica universe and a giant robot. FILM spoke with the director about his first feature and his thing for monkeys.
CINEFONDATION 2012. Morten Helgeland and eight of his fellow students have made a hilarious animated short about "killer slugs" pitched in battle with an elderly lady. The director got the inspiration for "Slug Invasion" right in his grandmother's own backyard. The film is one of the 15 films in Cannes' Cinéfondation selected out of more than 1,700 submissions from 320 film schools.
INTERVIEW. Is it okay to portray love as a young girl who doesn 't talk and loves sex? This was one of the questions director Katrine Wiedemann and writer Kim Fupz Aakeson grappled with as they worked on "A Caretaker's Tale", the offbeat, darkly funny story of a world-weary, misanthropic superintendent whose life is transformed when he meets a very young and very lusty woman.
PROFILE. It has only been five years since Tobias Lindholm graduated as a screenwriter, but he has already established himself as one of the most respected storytellers in Danish cinema. His credits include the BAFTA-winning TV series "Borgen" and two Thomas Vinterberg films, "Submarino" and Cannes and EFA winner "The Hunt". Lindholm is a big fan of "Pretty Woman", but when he directs his own films, like the upcoming "A Hijacking", he likes to trim all the fat and let the logic of reality rule, as he tells Per Juul Carlsen.
BACKGROUND. TV series like "The Killing" and "Borgen" leave Danish streets deserted, they are regularly nominated for Emmys and they have convinced the British that it's cool to be Danish. A radical change of course in the drama department at the national broadcaster DR, including cross-pollination with the movies, laid the foundation for the current golden age of Danish TV drama.
INTERVIEW. Kaspar Munk's "You & Me Forever" takes us into the intimate corners of teen life. The director discusses his unconventional filmmaking methods that call for a strong intuition, lots of time and freedom.
INTERVIEW. Looking to bury politically correct children's films, Christian Dyekjær's "The Bird Chase", released domestically 7 June, proves it's possible to spin a cool film around a bevy of bird nerds chasing rare species.
STATEMENT. Dare to fail, Martin Strange-Hansen encourages his fellow directors. FILM asked the chairman of the Association of Danish Film Directors, one of the significant players behind-the-scenes, to give his take on the challenges for the European filmmakers right now.