Copenhagen International Film Festival opens with Jannik Johansen's "Rembrandt" 13 August

Press release31.07.2003
Copenhagen International
Film Festival has published the complete programme for the festival, which
is being held from 13 to 20 August. The programme, along with brief notes
on the 145 films being screened, can be read at
The festival will open
on 13 August at Imperial Bio (the Imperial Cinema) with a
screening before an invited audience of "Rembrandt", directed by
Jannik Johansen. This film is the tale of four hapless thieves who
suddenly find themselves in possession of one of the world's most valuable
paintings. It was inspired by the biggest, but also most comic-opera-like
art heists in Danish history, which took place in 1999 at the Nivaagaard
gallery. "Rembrandt" is produced by Fine & Mellow
Fourteen European films
are in the festival competition programme and will compete for the Golden
Swan. The films - originating from the UK, Norway, Spain, Hungary, France,
the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland and Denmark - will be judged by an
international jury chaired by film director Theó Angelópoulos.
Three Danish films will
participate in this competition: "The Bouncer" ("Manden bag Døren" Jesper
W. Nielsen, Angel production), "Scratch" ("Bagland", Anders Gustafsson,
Nimbus Film), and "The Tenth Muse" ("Afgrunden", Torben Skjødt Jensen,
Point of No Return and DR TV Drama). The three films will be among a
number of features receiving their premieres at the festival.
Outside the competition
the festival will feature a number of series: Nordic View, Focus on
Europe, Zoom in France, Zoom in Germany, Zoom in Italy, Zoom in Spain,
Zoom in New Neighbours, Hollywood Nights, The Other America, Orient
Express, African Explosion, War Zones, Secrets of the Great Masters, Film
on Film, and Tribute to Gabriel Axel.
The Audience Centre in
the auditorium at Dagbladet Politiken, 28, Vestergade, will be arranging
various activities every day. There will be a joint Festival Centre at the
Scandic Hotel for accredited participants and the media.
For further
International Film Festival (CIFF)www.copenhagenfilmfestival.comAnita
Frank Goth, 3345 4735,
Interviews will be
handled by Hammer PR ch@hammerpr.dkDanish Film
InstituteLars Fiil-Jensen, 3374 3559, larsf@dfi.dkVicki Synnott, 3374 3438,