It's All About Our Shared Humanity

INTERVIEW. Life in exile is the main thread in Mahdi Fleifel's films, from "A World Not Ours" to "A Drowning Man." Then as today, it's not politics but raw humanity that interests the Danish-Palestinian director. North American Premiere Toronto Film Festival 2017.

The Vulnerability of Human Existence

INTERVIEW. Peter Schønau Fog tackles fundamental questions about human existence in his second feature, "You Disappear." Ten years after his highly successful debut, "The Art of Crying," the director once again challenges his audience with an unsettling narrative that steers clear of the most familiar cinematic conventions. International premiere at Toronto Film Festival 2017.

Exploring the Unknown

INTERVIEW. Director Hlynur Pálmason blends beauty with brutality in his debut feature "Winter Brothers," the result of a highly organic process. The story centres on two brothers working in a limestone quarry, focusing on the younger brother Emil and his hunger for love and acceptance. Premiere at Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals 2017.  

The Riddle of the Stranger

INTERVIEW. "The Charmer" is about an Iranian man struggling to get a residence permit in Denmark. Playing with our notions of "the stranger," director Milad Alami slowly unfolds his protagonist’s secrets like a mystery. Premiere at San Sebastian Film Festival 2017.

The Beauty of Rowdiness

INTERVIEW. Annika Berg's first feature, "Team Hurricane," celebrates teenage girls who are not afraid to be loud, vulgar – and vulnerable. Women of all ages tend to rein themselves in too tightly, the director says. Premiere at Venice International Film Critics Week 2017.

First film The Charmer to San Sebastian

FESTIVAL. Milad Alami's psychological drama "The Charmer" is the opening film of the New Directors competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival (22-30 September). 

Three films on Danish Oscar shortlist

OSCARS 2018. "You Disappear" by Peter Schønau Fog, "Word of God" by Henrik Ruben Genz and "Darkland" by Fenar Ahmad are shortlisted for the title as Denmark's Foreign Language entry. The Danish Oscar committee will announce the final candidate on 20 September.

Nordic Nomination to Parents

NOMINATION. Christian Tafdrup's playfully inventive drama "Parents" is one of the five nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2017. The jury will be announcing the winner on 1 November in Helsingfors, Finland.

You Disappear selected for Toronto

FESTIVAL. Peter Schønau Fog's drama "You Disappear" with Trine Dyrholm and Nikolaj Lie Kaas is invited to the Toronto Film Festival (7-17 September), marking the film's international premiere.

Winter Brothers wins actor award in Locarno
AWARD. Elliott Crosset Hove, who takes the lead in Hlynur Pálmason's feature debut "Winter Brothers," wins the Best Actor Award at the Locarno Film Festival. The film also receives three independent prizes at the festival, one of Europe's most prominent focusing on auteur films and new talent.
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