Press release20.01.2005 Five Danish films are selected to participate in competition programmes at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival (10-20 February, 2005): Screening in the competition programme at the International Film Festival in Berlin 2005 will be Jacob Thuesen's feature film debut "Accused", a drama written by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Thomas Heinesen for Nordisk Film. Thuesen, renowned editor come director, helmed the award-winning feature length documentary "Under New York" (1996) and was also editor on Lars von Trier's "The Kingdom". "Accused" is a hair-raising psychological thriller about Henrik, a likeable family man whose life takes a dramatic turn when he is arrested and charged with a serious crime. Troels Lyby plays Henrik, and Sofie Gråbøl his wife, Nina, who is his sole support when his world falls apart. Four Danish children's films are competing at the Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest. Jannik Hastrup's animated feature film "Little Big Mouse", Maria Mac Dalland's animation film "Odin's Eye", Morten Giese's "My Dad is a Champ", and Karla Nielsen's graduation project from the National Film School of Denmark "The Shadow in Sara". Animation grand master Jannik Hastrup has competed at the Kinderfilmfest twice before. In 2003 with "Circleen - Mice and Romance" and in 2001 with the festival hit and international award winner "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear", which received a Special Mention at the festival. "Little Big Mouse" is currently showing in theatres across Denmark. Maria Mac Dalland's unique animation film "Odin's Eye" is an interpretation of Norse mythology, visually inspired, among other things, by ancient rock engravings. In Morten Giese's short feature film "My Dad is a Champ" 10-year-old Stefan sets out to find his father, whom he has not seen for several years. All he knows about his father is that he is a boxer, who travels around the world. Karla Nielsen's animation film "The Shadow in Sara" is the story of Sara, who has a bad day and feels misunderstood and alone. Shooting Star: Jacob CedergrenActor Jacob Cedergren has been chosen as a Shooting Star at this year's festival. The Shooting Stars initiative aims at nurturing young actors and actresses and provides them with a unique opportunity to broaden their international networking base. Jacob Cedergren had his breakthrough in the successful tv-series "The Spider". On the silver screen, however, he is best known for his role in Jannik Johansen's 2003 comedy "Stealing Rembrandt". Next year will see Cedergren in two Danish feature films, Dagur Kari's "Dark Horse" and Martin Schmidt's "Bag det stille ydre" (English title to be announced). European MarketThe European Film Market will include screenings of all the above mentioned films and a further eight Danish feature films, a children's short film programme, and two feature-length documentary films: Feature films: "Chinaman" by Henrik Ruben Genz and Fine & Mellow; "Young Andersen" by Rumle Hammerich and Nordisk Film; "Dear Wendy" by Thomas Vinterberg and Nimbus Film; "Sharks" by Lasse Spang Olsen and ASA Film; "The Sun King" by Tomas Villum Jensen and Thura Film. Three children's feature films: "Oskar & Josefine" by Carsten Myllerup and Cosmo Film; "The Fakir" by Peter Flinth and M & M Productions; and "My Sister's Kids in Egypt" by Kasper Barfoed and Moonlight Filmproduction. The children's short film programme includes: "My Dad is a Champ" by Stine Spang-Hansen and Nimbus Film; "The Ones Overthere and the Others" by Zisksa Szemes and Dansk Tegnefilm; and "Cheer Up" by Michael W. Horsten and Magic Hour Films. Feature-length documentary films: "The German Secret" by Lars Johansson and Final Cut; and "The Swenkas" by Jeppe Rønde and Cosmo Film. Scandinavian StandThe DFI will be present at the Scandinavian Stand in the Berlinale Film Market together with the Nordic film institutes and the sales companies, Trust Film Sales, Nordisk Film International Sales, AB Svensk Filmindustri and NonStop Sales. Information at www.berlin.dkOverviews of facts sheets for DFI films, screening times, and press photos for the Danish films in the various programmes and the market can be found at this website. For further information:Danish Film Institute Berlin websitewww.berlin.dfi.dk 55th Berlin International Film Festivalwww.berlinale.deDFI Fact Sheets"Accused"www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/14799.htm"Little Big Sister"www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/14766.htm"Odin's Eye" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/shortfilms/odinseye.htm"My Dad is a Champ"www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/shortfilms/mydadisachamp.htm"The Shadow in Sara"www.filmskolen.dk/afgangsfilm/animation/skyggenisara.html Danish Film Institute (DFI) Feature Films:Charlotte Appelgren, +45 3374 3506, +45 2244 0037, firstname.lastname@example.orgChristian Juhl Lemche, +45 3374 3464, +45 2148 8522, email@example.comShort & documentary films:Anne Marie Kürstein, + 45 3374 3609, +45 4041 4697, firstname.lastname@example.orgVicki Synnott, +45 3374 3438, +45 5054 5011 email@example.com
Subscribe to the DFI newsletter to get updates on Danish films and film people 2-4 times per month.