He can pee acid and bite a book in half. Ask Hasselbalch's "Antboy" about an ordinary boy who dreams of doing extraordinary things is Denmark's first superhero movie ever. A feature debut for Hasselbalch, the film was one of only five films selected for TIFF Kids. "Antboy" is already sold to Viva Pictures for US release, date not yet set. In Danish cinemas from 3 October. Read interview Friendship Is the Greatest Superpower.
Director Ask Hasselbalch Producers Eva Jacobsen, Lea Løbger, Birgitte Hald Production Nimbus Film International sales Attraction Distribution World premiere Toronto International Film Festival 5-15 September Danish premiere 3 October Next London Film Festival 9-20 October, Cinekid Amsterdam 16-25 October
The Keeper of Lost Causes
Mikkel Nørgaard's highly anticipated thriller "The Keeper of Lost Causes" opened domestically on 3 October to record-breaking admission numbers. With at world premiere at the Locarno festival in August, the story about detective Carl Mørck and his search for a missing politician is the first of several Zentropa adaptations of Jussi Adler-Olsen's best-selling crime novels. Nørgaard is now directing the next film in the series, "The Absent One". In Danish cinemas from 3 October. Read interview I Never Went to a Funeral Where No One Laughed.
Director Mikkel Nørgaard Producer Louise Vesth Production Zentropa International sales Trustnordisk World premiere Locarno International Film Festival 7-17 August Danish premiere 3 October Next Busan International Film Festival 3-12 October, Mumbai Film Festival 17-24 October
The Hour of the Lynx
While Søren Kragh-Jacobsen is probably less known abroad than his Dogme brothers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, in his 35 years as a director he has left a massive thumbprint on Danish cinema. "The Hour of the Lynx", enjoying its international premiere at the Reykjavik Film Festival, features Sofie Gråbøl ("The Killing") as a priest who is approached by a scientist with a desperate plea for help, as a young man in a high security psychiatric ward has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Read interview A Strong Thread of Humanism
Director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek Production Nimbus Film International sales The Match Factory Danish premiere 23 May International premiere Reykjavik Film Festival 26 September – 6 October Next Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinema 9-20 October
In Real Life
Jonas Elmer was Dogme before Dogme, with his acclaimed feature debut "Let's Get Lost" (1997) filmed in grainy black and white with no proper script – a film that gave "Borgen"'s Sidse Babett Knudsen her breakthrough. In his fifth feature "In Real Life", up for its world premiere at the Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Elmer reaches back to the improvisational approach of his debut film. Created from three years of acting sessions, "In Real Life" follows three characters whose lives are woven together by internet dating and their persistent search for some kind of meaning in life.
Director Jonas Elmer Producers Morten Fisker, Nanna Nikali, Jonas Elmer, Morten Kjems Juhl Production Beofilm, Bebopfilm, Sebasto Film & TV International sales LevelK World premiere Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 9-20 October
Film, computer games and social media merge in "Cloud Chamber", a new trans-media project supported by the Danish Film Institute. Showcased during the New York Film Festival last month, "Cloud Chamber" invites its players to work together to uncover the story of a young scientist who risked her sanity and betrayed her father in order to save humanity from its most dangerous enemy: itself. The project stars Jesper Christensen (Mr White in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace"), Sara Hjort ("Borgman") and Gethin Anthony ("Game of Thrones"). Read a talk with the director at Indiewire and participate on cloudchambermystery.com.
Idea Christian Fonnesbech Script Darin Mercado Episodic content director Fabian Wullenweber Producers Stinna Lassen, Vibeke Windeløv Production Investigate North World premiere 4 October
The Olsen Gang in Deep Trouble
Nordisk Film is releasing their second animation featuring the Olsen Gang, a legendary trio of lovable small-time crooks with big money dreams that has lent its name to more than a dozen live action films since 1968. The first animated version from 2010, "Olsen Gang Gets Polished", was a domestic hit, taking 335,000 admissions. In Danish cinemas from 10 October.
Director Jørgen Lerdam Producers Tomas Radoor, René Ezra Production Nordisk Film International sales Trustnordisk Danish premiere 10 October
Catch the Dream
Everybody knows Black Beauty, The Black Stallion and Seabiscuit. Now it's time to meet a new four-legged hero on the silver screen. Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis, actor and director of last year's Danish blockbuster "This Life", is releasing her second film, "Catch the Dream", about the legendary trotter Tarok, a red stallion that won hearts and countless trophies in a string of international victories in the 1970s. In Danish cinemas from 31 October.
Director Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis Producer Regner Grasten Production Regner Grasten Film International sales Regner Grasten Film Danish premiere 31 October