Danish debut director selected for the Berlinale Competition Programme

As one of the first filmmakers from a new generation of Danish directors, Pernille Fischer Christensen is looking forward to her international breakthrough. "A Soap", her first feature, has been selected for the Berlinale Competition Programme. The film is a funny, unconventional love story about two neighbours, Charlotte (Trine Dyrholm) and Ulrik/Veronica (David Dencik), and their offbeat search for love and lust - and their panic when they finally find both. Kim Fupz Aakeson wrote the screenplay and Lars Bredo Rahbek produced for Nimbus Film. Pernille Fischer Christensen first drew attention in 2000 when "India", her graduate film at the National Film School of Denmark, won an award in the Selection Cinefondation in Cannes. In 2003, her short film, "Habibti My Love" won the Danish Film Academy’s Robert Award for best short fiction film. Kim Fupz Aakeson, who wrote "A Soap", is by now a Berlin regular. "A Soap" is his sixth film to compete in Berlin. Other Berlin films from his screenplays are "Miracle" (Natasha Arthy, Kinderfilmfest 2001), "Minor Mishaps" and "In Your Hands" (Annette K. Olesen, Competition 2002 and 2004), "Accused" (Jacob Thuesen, Competition 2005) and "One to One" (Annette K. Olesen, Panorama 2006)."A Soap" was produced with support from New Danish Screen, a subsidy scheme aiming at new manifest talent emerging from the National Film School and the film industry. The aspiration is to support and inspire innovation of film form and language, thus maintaining and furthering the dynamics and diversity of Danish film.New Danish Screen is a joint venture between the Danish Film Institute, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and TV 2/Denmark.For further information:DFI Berlin websitewww.dfi.dk/berlin  DFI factsheet A SoapDanish Film Institute (DFI)Lizette Gram Mygind, +45 3374 3506, lizetteg@dfi.dk DFI New Danish ScreenVinca Wiedemann, Artistic Director + 45 3374 3675, vincaw@dfi.dk