With one feature in the main competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, three children's films at the Kinderfilmfest and a short film selected for Panorama, the pace is expected to be hectic at the Danish Film Office at the European Film Market. Italian for Beginners in competition 'Film of the year' and a 'Dogme bulls eye' is how the critics voiced their welcome to director Lone Scherfig and Zentropa's Italian for Beginners, a bubbling paean to love, which will be shown in the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival. This is Scherfig's third feature and again she demonstrates her special talent for infusing everyday tales with magic and humour. Besides receiving unanimous critical acclaim, Italian for Beginners came in on the Top-20 chart for 2000, in spite of its release just three weeks before the close of the year. Kinderfilmfest Screening in the competition at the Kinderfilmfest are two feature films for children: Circleen - Mice & Romance by Danish grand master of animation, Jannik Hastrup. A winner at the International Film Festival for Children in Chicago, Hastrup's film is a swinging modern fable, bringing to life the familiar little elf girl Circleen and her pals Ingolf and Fredrik, a film packed with exciting adventures and narrative relish as well as the Hastrup seal of a good dose of meaning and food for thought - the kind kids seem to appreciate. Miracle, a feature film debut directed by the promising young director, Natasha Arthy, and produced by Nimbus Film is a musical adventure with a bold mix of farce, realism and fantasy sequences. Described as a remarkable work, one that is made of the same matter as the finest film stories for children, this film deservedly won the Adult Jury Award at Buster, the International Children's Film Festival in Copenhagen in December 2000. Also screening is the short fiction film Susanne Sillemann, by Cæcilia Holbek Trier and produced by Crone Film Produktion. A story that bolts to the core of some of the problems that younger children must deal with today, like the traumas teasing creates and the fear of parents splitting up. Panorama Noted for her short film If I Give You My Humbleness, Don't Take Away My Pride, selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 1999, Karin Vesterlund's short film Helgoland has been selected to take part in Panorama, one of the official programmes at the Berlin Film Festival. Helgoland gives the viewer a first hand impression of the sensation of winter bathing in the clear icy water of the Copenhagen coast. Shooting Star European Film Promotion will be holding its annual press meeting and presentation of 'Shooting Stars' which promotes young European actors. The Danish representative is the winner of a Danish Film Academy Robert Award for Best Supporting Actress, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, who plays a major role in Lone Scherfig's Italian for Beginners. The DFI in Berlin The Danish Film Institute will be represented at the European Film Market, together with the Nordic Film Institutes and the sales companies: Trust Film, Nordisk Film Sales, NonStop Sales, and SF Film. The office is situated at Potsdamer Strasse 5, First Floor G12, Stand No. 190. Telephone (+49 30) 2535 8318 and will be open daily from 09:00 - 19:00 until Sunday 18 February. For further information about the films, screenings and activities go to www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=3830. See also articles: "Danish Film on a Confidence High" by Lars Fiil-Jensen and "Circleen, Dennis and Susanne" by Ulrich Breuning at www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=1870. For further information contact the Danish Film Institute: Vicki Synnott, phone: +45 3374 3438 or +45 5581 2280, email@example.comTine Mosegaard, mobile: +45 2482 3759, firstname.lastname@example.orgAnne Marie Kürstein, mobile: +45 4041 4697, email@example.com
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