Press release22.10.2004 Contemporary Danish cinema is the "oddest and most intriguing of beasts: both avant-garde and traditional, commercially viable yet artistically challenging" proclaims film critic Steve Gravestock in his introduction to the film programme of SuperDanish, an innovative cultural event unearthing a vast array of Danish art and artists at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The SuperDanish film programme (22 October - 4 November) is a collaboration between the Cinematheque Ontario and the Danish Film Institute (DFI). Canadians will have the opportunity to see works from directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier, Bille August, Anders Thomas Jensen, Ole Christian Madsen, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Susanne Bier and Lotte Svendsen. The programme places special emphasis on the works of Jørgen Leth, whose mixture of documentary and essay forms inspired a generation of young cineastes. Jørgen Leth will be present for an on-stage interview on Saturday 23 October, prior to the second screening of "The Five Obstructions", directed by Leth himself and Lars von Trier. In the beginning of October SuperDanish launched "Danish Kids", a film event arranged in collaboration with the Centre for Children & Youth Film at the DFI. The event included screenings and a seminar; the film programme consisted of the cream of Danish films for children and youth over the last decade, both short films and features. The seminar included an on-stage presentation by two of the three directors of the teen-film "Terkel in Trouble", Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Kresten Vestbjerg, and an introduction to filmmaking for children in Denmark by DFI's Head of Centre for Children & Youth Film, Charlotte Giese. The seminar attracted a small group of hard-core Canadian professionals who were interested in summing up the main characteristics of an indigenous film culture far from their own, and were especially interested in Denmark's legislation for children and youth film, in the cutting edge quality found in Danish children's films, and the ability of filmmakers to create stories from a child's perspective. For further information SuperDanish film programme www.harbourfrontcentre.com/superdanish/film.php Danish Film Institute (DFI)Charlotte Giese: +45 3374 3516, firstname.lastname@example.orgLizette Gram: +45 2482 3758, email@example.comAnne Marie Kürstein: +45 3374 3609, firstname.lastname@example.orgVicki Synnott: +45 3374 3438, email@example.com
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