Press release07.08.2004Calm may have reigned in Berlin and Cannes this year, but the Danish film sector has continued to reap the benefits of their promotion efforts at international festivals. With two major tours of Danish cinema, in the USA early this year and in Shanghai in June, award-winning films such as "Villa Paranoia" and "The Green Butchers", and the success of "Aftermath" in Karlovy Vary in July, DFI festival manager Lizette Gram is confident about the remainder of 2004. Extract of international awards first half 2004 Paprika Steen's feature film debut "Aftermath", released in March, was selected for competition at Karlovy Vary International Festival, where it was honoured with the award for Best Actress (Karen-Lise Mynster in her role as Annette). Anders Thomas Jensen's second feature, "The Green Butchers" (2003), with over a quarter million admissions, has enjoyed a prolonged festival life, bringing home awards in February and March in Oporto and Brussels. This led up to the top award for Europe's fantasy festivals, the Golden Méliès, in Amsterdam in April. In June, the film was honoured with a FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) at Sochi, Russia. Erik Clausen's March release of "Villa Paranoia", which has sold over 200,000 tickets in Danish cinemas, won a FIPRESCI Award in Taormina in June and received a Critics' Award at Palic International Film Festival in Montenegro in July. Danish art-house films have also taken their share of festival accolades: In Sofia in March, Christoffer Boe's Camera d'Or winner "Reconstruction" (2003) was honoured with the Jury Grand Prix for Best Film, while Lars Von Trier's "Dogville" (2003) received the Audience Award for Most Popular Film. Lone Scherfig's "Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself" (2002) was awarded Best Screenplay at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in March, and won the Grand Prix in Skip City, Japan, later in the month; "Fear X" (2003), by Nicolas Winding Refn, was recipient of an award for Best Screenplay in Oporto in February, while Nils Malmros' "Facing the Truth" (2002) won two awards at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina: the Jury's Special Mention and a FIPRESCI Award. Per Fly's "Inheritance", which brought in the highest number of admissions for Danish films released in 2003, was honoured with Best Actor (Ulrich Thomsen) at the Nordic Film Festival in Rouen in March. At the same festival Hans Fabian Wullenweber was awarded the Jury's Special Award for his second feature "Gemini" (2003). Much celebrated actor Ulrich Thomsen ("The Celebration") was also awarded for his role in "Inheritance" at Mexico City's International Festival of Modern Film, where the award for Best Female Director went to Linda Wendel for "Baby" (2003). Awards also went to two up-and-coming Danish directors, Annette K. Olesen and Natasha Arthy, for their second feature films: Olesen's "In Your Hands" (2004) received a Silver Dolphin, the Jury's Special Prize at Festroia in Setúbal, and Arthy's "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" was honoured twice: at Mamers in France, where it received Best Feature Film Award and at Faces of Love, Moscow, where it won the Silver Arrow for Best Romantic Couple Award (Sidse Babett Knudsen and Björn Kjellman). The popular children's feature "Someone Like Hodder" (2003), by Henrik Ruben Genz, which has won top awards in Chicago, London, Poznan and Zlin, received the Children's Jury 1st Prize at Würzburg in January, while the youth film "Count to 100" (2004), by Linda Krogsøe Holmberg received Best Film Award at BUFF International Children & Young People's Film Festival in Malmø. For further information DFI Facts Sheets for the above titles "Aftermath"www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/11055.htm"Baby"www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10451.htm"Count to 100" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/588.htm"Dogville" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10580.htm"Facing the Truth" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/facingthetruth.html"Fear X" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/894.htm"Gemini" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10818.htm"The Green Butchers" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/13515.htm"In Your Hands" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/13907.htm"Inheritance" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10338.htm"Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10795.htm"Reconstruction" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/11020.htm"Someone Like Hodder" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10136.htm"Villa Paranoia" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/10762.htm"Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself" www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/wilbur.html Danish Film Institute (DFI)Lizette Gram, +45 2482 3758, email@example.com Vicki Synnott, +45 3374 3438, +45 5054 5011, firstname.lastname@example.org
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