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:
States of Dissent (documentary)
The Red Chapel
Flawed Geniuses (documentary)
The Invention of Dr Nakamats
Out of Love