Danes march on Sundance

Press release05.12.2002
The Danish Film
Institute (DFI) takes pleasure in announcing that the Sundance Film
Festival in Utah has selected five Danish films to participate in this
winter's festival, to take place 16 - 26 January 2003. The five films will
compete in the programmes World Cinema and Premieres.
Thomas Vinterberg's feature film "It's All About Love", produced by
Birgitte Hald of Nimbus, will be screened in the programme Premieres,
while Nicolas Winding Refn's "Fear X", produced by Henrik Danstrup of NWR,
will have its world premiere in the World Cinema's feature film programme,
as will Susanne Bier's "Open Hearts", produced by Vibeke Windeløv of
World Cinema have also selected "Song for a Raggy Boy", directed by
Aisling Walsh, an Irish-British-Danish-Spanish multi-lateral co-production
produced by Subotica Entertainment, Ireland and Michael Lunderskov of
MovieFan, Denmark.
World Cinema's documentary programme have selected Jesper Jargil's film
"The Purified" - about the Dogme-Brethren - as well as Jørgen Leth's "New
Scenes from America" produced by Marianne Christensen and Mette Heide for
Sunset and Angel.
All the above films have been allocated DFI production support through
the consultant scheme.
Furthermore, Sundance have invited the animation film "Araki - The
Killing of a Japanese Photographer" by Anders Morgenthaler - his
graduation film from the National Film School of Denmark - to participate
in the international short film programme.
The Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford in 1984, is
world-renowned as a showcase for the best in new independent cinema. This
year, over 2000 feature films were submitted to the festival programmers
with approximately 40 international films making it to the final
selection. The festival organizes a competition programme for feature
films as well as documentary films, however, these are exclusively for US
produced films.
This is the first time five Danish films have been selected in the same
year at Sundance. Only three Danish films have been chosen at former
Sundance Film Festivals: Ole Bornedal and Thura Film's "Nightwatch"
participated in 1995, Jacob Grønlykke and ASA Film's "Heart of Light" in
1999, and Jessica Nilsson and the DFI Film Workshop-Zentropa
produced short film "Spotless" was selected in 2001.
"It's All About Love" will be released 10 January 2003 and "Fear X" 28
March 2003. "Open Hearts", which opened in September 2002, was hailed by
national as well as international critics and recently passed the half
million mark in the box office admissions, which is some ten percent of
the population.
For further informationSundance Film Festival www.sundance.orgDFI Sundance
website www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=13360

Festivals DFIAnne Marie Kürstein (short &
documentary films) t +45 3374 3609 kurstein@dfi.dkAnnette Lønvang
(short & documentary films) t +45 3374 3437 annettel@dfi.dkSanne Pedersen
(feature films) t+45 2482 3759, sannep@dfi.dk
Press and Information DFILars Fiil-Jensen t +45
3374 3559 larsfj@dfi.dkAgnete Dorph
Stjernfelt t +45 3374 3505 agnetes@dfi.dkVicki Synnott t +45
3374 3438 vickis@dfi.dk