Five Danish films selected for Berlin

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Danish films have been selected for official programmes at the 54th Berlin
International Film Festival (5-15 February 2004):

Your Hands", a Dogme-film, directed by Annette K. Olesen and produced by
Ib Tardini of Zentropa, is running for the prestigious Bear together with
22 other films in the Official Competition. This is Olesen's second film
to participate at this international event. In 2002 her feature film debut
"Minor Mishaps" was selected for the official competition and brought home
Der Blaue Engel for Best European Film.

Rush", Aage Rais-Nordentoft's third feature film, is selected for the
Panorama programme. Produced by Louise Vesth and Ib Tardini for Jutlandia
Film, the film was described by a Danish critic as 'nothing less than an
event . straight from the hip' and 'brilliantly depicted'. Rais-Nordentoft
is also a director familiar with the Berlin festival. His feature film
debut "The Flyer" participated in KinderfilmFest in 1996 and was honoured
with a Special Mention, and in 2002 Rais-Nordentoft was invited back as a
member of Kinderfilmfest's Adult Jury.

a feature film debut by Anders Gustafsson, produced by Birgitte Skov and
Bo Ehrhardt of Nimbus Film, has been selected for Kinderfilmfest's new
competition programme '14 plus'. In his review in Variety, Gunnar Rehlin
writes that Gustafsson provides 'sharp, honest portrayals of young people
in contempo Scandinavia'. Lead actress in "Scratch", Stephanie Leòn -
awarded the Golden Swan at BUSTER (Copenhagen International Film Festival,
CIFF) for her role as Mille - is described by Rehlin as a young actress
who 'makes Mille a totally believable human being'.

The two short films selected
for Kinderfilmfest's competition are "Little Daddy" by Michael W. Horsten,
produced by Lise Lense-Møller of Magic Hour and "Lauge's Cat" produced and
directed by Christina Rosendahl. Horsten is a familiar face at
KinderfilmFest; he received Honorary Mention for his short film "Going
Back Home" in 2000 and he scripted the 1999 Crystal Bear short film winner
"Teis & Nico". Rosendahl is a promising young film director who began
filming with the production outfit Super 16, established by a group
of young filmmakers as an alternative to the National Film School of

European Film market will include screenings of all the above mentioned
films as well as a further nine titles. Three Danish feature films: "The
Bouncer" by Jesper W. Nielsen and Angel Film; "The Green Butchers" by
Anders Thomas Jensen and M & M Productions; and "Nasty Brats" by
Giacomo Campeotto and Crone Film. Two short fiction films: "Confessions of
an Old Teddy" by Jon Bang Carlsen and C&C Productions; and "My Very
Best Thing" by Jon Micke and Easy Film. Four documentary films: "Rocket
Brothers" by Kasper Torsting and Zentropa; "Tintin et moi" by Anders
Høgsbro Østergaard and Angel; and "The Tenth Muse" and "Asta Nielsen - The
Talking Muse" by Torben Skjødt Jensen.

Danish representative of European Film Promotion's 7th Shooting Star event
is 30-year-old Danish actress Sonja Richter, who made her film
breakthrough in Susanne Bier's Dogme film "Open Hearts", 2002. Richter
played a prominent role in Jannik Johansen's "Rembrandt", 2003, and has a
supporting role in Annette K. Olesen's "In Your Hands". Sonja Richter
received critical acclaim for her role in "Antigone", currently playing at
the Royal Danish Theatre.

Danish films
celebration Friday 6 February

Berlin the Danish Film Institute (DFI) will celebrate the Danish films
selected for the Berlinale by hosting an informal gathering at the Italian
Bistro Osteria Caruso on Friday, 6 February at 23:00. For more information
and an invitation, please stop by the DFI desk at the Scandinavian Films
stand on the First Floor of the European Film

member of the International JuryVinca
Wiedemann, a former film consultant at the DFI, now head of the talent development pool (set up by the DFI and the
two national broadcasters) is a member of this
year's International Short Film Jury.

Scandinavian Stand
The DFI will be
present at the Scandinavian Stand in the Berlinale Film Market together
with the other Nordic film institutes and the sales companies: Trust Films
Sales, Nordisk Film International Sales, NonStop Sales and AB Svensk

Information at

Overviews of screening times, press sheets and still photos for
the Danish films in the various programmes and the market can be found at
this website.

further information


Film Festival Berlin / Berlinale:

on Shooting

Danish Film
Gram, +45 3374 3506,,Anne
Marie Kürstein, +45 3374 3609,

Vicki Synnott, +45 3374 3438