Danish film is heavily represented this year at the Berlinale. Adding to the list of titles which are off to the festival starting 6 February is Pernille Fischer Christensen's drama "Someone You Love". The film will screen in Berlinale Special, a curated series of films from around the globe.
This makes it the third time Pernille Fischer Christensen is attending the Berlinale. In 2006 the director's debut feature "A Soap" won the Silver Bear and an award for Best Debut, and in 2010 Fischer Christensen returned to the festival with "A Family" which won her the international critics' FIPRESCI Prize.
"Someone You Love" is a story about world famous singer-songwriter Thomas Jacob who lives in Los Angeles. He is a successful man with a lot of burned bridges. After years abroad Thomas travels back to Denmark to record a new album. There his estranged daughter Julie suddenly turns up with his 11-year-old grandson, Noa. Soon, Thomas is forced to take care of the boy. Against all odds the two of them slowly begin to connect through music. But disaster strikes, forcing Thomas to realize he has to make a choice that will change his life forever.
"Someone You Love", Fischer Christensen's fourth feature film, stars Mikael Persbrandt as the musician Thomas Jacob, Trine Dyrholm as his producer, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ("Borgen") as his daughter. The film reunites Persbrandt and Dyrholm for the first time since Susanne Bier's Oscar winner "In a Better World".
"Someone You Love" is written by Pernille Fischer Christensen and Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vinca Wiedemann for Zentropa. The film has received support from the Danish Film Institute. Domestic release is set for 24 April. Trustnordisk handles international sales.
Danish films at Berlin 2014
The full list of Danish participation announced for the Berlinale:
- Nymphomaniac 1 Long version
Lars von Trier / Zentropa / Out of Competition
- The Contest
Martin Miehe-Renard / ASA Film Productions / Generation Kplus
- Someone You Love
Pernille Fischer Christensen / Zentropa / Berlinale Special
- Cathedrals of Culture
One of six films dir. by Michael Madsen / Final Cut for Real / Berlinale Special
- Beyond Beyond
Esben Toft Jacobsen / Swedish-Danish / co-produced by Copenhagen Bombay / Generation Kplus
Kristoffer Kiørboe / Frame by Frame / Generation 14plus
- Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Andreas Johnsen / nominated for a Cinema for Peace Justice Award
- Danica Curcic
Danish Shooting Star
- Trine Dyrholm
Member of the international jury