Danish Releases June-August

NEW RELEASES. The next quarter June-August sees the release of Simon Staho's musical "Love Is In The Air", a Strindberg adaptation by Linda Wendel, Martin Pieter Zandvliet's second feature "A Funny Man", and no less than two animation films.


Freddy Frogface

Director Peter Dodd, Gert Fredholm
Danish release 01.06.2011
Production Crone Film
International Sales Sola Media GmbH
Category 3D Family entertainment
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Summer, sunshine and holiday time has arrived for Victor and his best friend Jakob. They can look forward to fun and games and hanging out with Sausage, the dog, and Jakob's cool cousin Clara. When a circus arrives in town with a talent show, Victor starts training a sketch number with Sausage. But when the town tyrant Freddy Frogface begins his scheming, nothing is what it seems to be.

Denmark's first 3D animated feature, co-directed by veteran filmmaker Gert Fredholm and Peter Dodd, key animator on 20th Century Fox' "Fantastic Mr. Fox". 

Love Is In The Air

Director Simon Staho
Danish release 23.06.2011
Production Zentropa
International Sales TrustNordisk
Category Musical
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Daniel is hopelessly in love with Lina, but Lina is hopelessly in love with herself, and rock star Niklas Ravn. Terese is ready to offer her virginity to Stefan, but Stefan would rather get out of the closet … to meet Daniel who, by the way, is more attracted to Terese. A romantic musical about four young people ready to risk their dreams during one single breathless night.

"The film is a tribute to the beauty of youth, to those who really live!" director Simon Staho says about "Love Is In The Air" mixing disco dancing with sensuous youth drama. Staho's "Heaven's Heart" (2008) starring Mikael Persbrandt and Lena Endre was selected for the Berlinale Special section.


Miss Julie

Director Linda Wendel
Danish release 01.08.2011
Production Babyfilm
International Sales Babyfilm
Category Drama
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A drama based on August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" (1888). Wendel's chamber piece, although remaining loyal to Strindberg, takes place in a contemporary tennis milieu. Julie, a renowned tennis player with the vunerability of a prima donna, is in the throes of a capricious trainer and an ambitious father, who is failing economically.

Indie filmmaker Linda Wendel's last film "One Shot" (2008) was literally told in one long scene without a single edit. The film won the Russian Film Critics' Award in Moscow.

Jensen & Jensen

Director Craig Frank
Danish release 11.08.2011
Production Miso Film
International Sales TrustNordisk
Category Animation
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The year is 2019. In a world where money is everything and debt can get you the death sentence, the Jensen brothers, Bjarne and Jimmy, are feeling the squeeze. When they accidentally nab a wanted jewellery thief, they see a chance to start over as bounty hunters. Their first challenge is nailing the fearsome financial huckster Milo, but their quest for a windfall bounty quickly turns out to be anything but foolproof.

Second feature film by animation director Craig Frank, who was co-director on "Journey to Saturn" (2008), the sci-fi spoof which brought in some 400,000 million tickets at the domestic boxoffice.

A Funny Man

Director Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Danish release 25.08.2011
Production Koncern Film
International Sales Nordisk Film Distribution
Category Drama
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Opening in the seductive style of the sixties, "A Funny Man" uncovers the perennial loneliness that comedian Dirch Passer (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) has found himself in after a fast-tracked rise to fame. He struggles between his own desire to gain critical respect and servicing the audience's needs. Costing his kindred friendship to on-stage partner Kjeld Petersen (Lars Ranthe) Dirch takes on Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men", only for the audience to break out in laughter at his first line. Dirch's Lennie becomes a running joke, and so has, Dirch believes, his own life.

Martin Pieter Zandvliet made his first feature "Applause" (2009) with leading actress Paprika Steen winning awards in Karlovy Vary, Mumbai, Pune and Nashville.