Danish films to Melbourne

FESTIVAL. A string of documentaries, two short fiction films and the awardwinning feature film debut Brotherhood make up the Danish hand at this year's Melbourne Film Festival.

Melbourne International Film Festival, kicking off tomorrow, will screen 11 films from Denmark. Documentary films dominate the selection, while two of the year's prominent short fiction films will also screen: "Berik", winner of Semaine de la Critique's Grand Prix Canal+, and the Oscar Winner "The New Tenants". Festival visitors will also have a chance to see "Brotherhood", a feature film debut by Nicolo Donato and Asta Film, winner at Rome, Miami and Tallinn film festivals.

We asked Michelle Carey, programmer at Melbourne film festival, for a comment regarding the selection of Danish docs for Melbourne this year. Carey says:

"MIFF is thrilled to again present so many great films from Denmark, and to welcome Danish filmmaker Birgitte Staermose as a Guest of the Festival, after having Nicolas Winding Refn, Mads Matthieson and Anna Karina as Guests in 2009. Every year we are always impressed with the economic visual style and sensitive portrayal of a range of social issues displayed in Danish films, particularly in its documentaries."" 

Articles about the Danish docs at Melbourne feature in the DFI magazine FILM#67 IDFA Issue.

Danish films screening in Melbourne

Overview of films screening in sections at Melbourne film festival. Film titles link to DFI factsheets:

International Panorama
Brotherhood

Our Space (documentary)
Cities on Speed – Bogotá
Cities on Speed – Cairo Garbage
Cities on Speed – Mumbai Disconnected
Cities on Speed – Shanghai Space
Dreams in Copenhagen

States of Dissent (documentary)
The Red Chapel

Flawed Geniuses (documentary)
The Invention of Dr Nakamats

Docos
Out of Love

Shorts
Berik
The New Tenants