FILM #68

Berlin issue / February 2010 / Submarino, A Family, Super Brother, R, Out of Love, Sun Shine, Megaheavy, Whistleless, The Experiment.

PUBLISHED BY Danish Film Institute
EDITOR Susanna Neimann
EDITORIAL TEAM Vicki Synnott, Annemarie Hørsman
TRANSLATIONS Glen Garner

Essential Bonds

Essential Bonds

"Submarino", a stark drama about life at the bottom of society, sees the 40-year-old Thomas Vinterberg, director of "Festen" / "Celebration" returning to his starting point in realism. "Submarino" is based on a novel by Danish writer Jonas T. Bengtsson.

Family entanglements

Family entanglements

Vibrancy and exploration were key to Pernille Fischer Christensen's work on her third feature, "A Family", now competing for the Golden Bear in Berlin. No newcomer to the Berlinale, Christensen's feature film debut "A Soap" swept up Berlin's Silver Bear and Best First Feature Award in 2006.

Potential Is What Counts

Potential Is What Counts

Birger Larsen was immediately drawn to the story of the two brothers Anton and Buller, and the technical challenge it implied, when he heard the idea for "Super Brother" one day when he picked up the phone. At the other end of the line was the screenwriter and producer Åke Sandgren, describing his story.

Doing time ain't cool

Doing time ain't cool

No Birdman of Alcatraz or evil prison guard made it into the Danish prison film "R" – capital R, as in realism. Kim Skotte talks to the director duo Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm about their debuting feature film "R".

Adolescent Loneliness

Adolescent Loneliness

Adolescence is not an easy time, as legs grow long and hormones rage, even less so if you're like Nadja, the 13-year-old protagonist of Alice de Champfleury's "Sun Shine", all by yourself on a beach full of happy families and you miss having a dad.

Shared Memories

Shared Memories

"Out of Love", the first documentary by awardwinning fiction director Birgitte Stærmose, is about the lives of Kosovar-Albanian street kids in Pristina. Roaming the richly atmospheric locations of Stærmose's Pristina, they recite monologues about their lives, memories and the challenges they face.

Music From the Soul

Music From the Soul

Siri Melchior's Whistleless, a short animated film for pre-schoolers, is a colourful fable bursting with music and joy – about a poor little bird who can't whistle, but learns how once he stops listening to everyone's well-meant advice.

The Anguish of Looking Back

The Anguish of Looking Back

Louise Friedberg's debut feature "The Experiment" (working title) shines a light on a dark chapter of Danish history. Denmark, today a small, relatively peaceful country with an international reputation as a climate-friendly nation of bicyclists, until 1953 was a colonial power wielding its might to commit state-sanctioned abuse against Greenlandic children.

What Story Are You In?

What Story Are You In?

"Everything Will Be Fine" is the fourth feature by Christoffer Boe, whose "Reconstruction" won the Camera d'or at Cannes 2003. Now the genre-savvy Danish director, 35, is taking political thrillers and all their paranoid trappings for a spin.

LevelK - New International Sales Agent

LevelK - New International Sales Agent

Copenhagen-based, Tine Klint – former Head of Sales at Nordisk Film (now TrustNordisk) – launched in the autumn of 2009 a new international sales and distribution agency.

Copenhagen Bombay Goes International

Copenhagen Bombay Goes International

Film agents sell films. TV agents sell TV shows. Toy dealers sell dolls. And telecoms sell mobile content. But what if your concepts and stories aren't tied to any one medium?

Danish Footprint on Festivals 2009

Danish Footprint on Festivals 2009

Danish films left their footprint on the international scene in 2009. Practically every film festival, large and small, selected Danish films for its programme. In all, Danish films brought home an impressive 118 awards and honours.

Nuummioq - Portrait of Greenland

Nuummioq - Portrait of Greenland

Film lovers the world over know Greenland as a compelling backdrop of high skies, wildlife and endless snow. But Greenland is much more than just a scenic location. "Nuummioq", the first professional Greenlandic feature film ever, shows us the country as it is today. The film was recently selected for Sundance 2010. FILM talks to producer Mikisoq H. Lynge about "Nuummioq".

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