Danish films in Berlin / 2019

International Competition / Opening film

The Kindness of Strangers

World premiere

An ensemble of disparate people, all in their own way struggling to survive in a New York City winter, find laughter, love and kindness in each other.

Director Lone Scherfig Scriptwriter Lone Scherfig Producer Malene Blenkov Production Creative Alliance and Strada Films Premiere 7 February 19.30

Panorama Dokumente

Western Arabs 

World premiere

An intimate portrait of a Danish-Arabic family through good and bad over a period of 12 years. The father is Palestinian, the mother Danish and their three sons are the result of a cultural encounter which manifested upon the arrival of the first immigrants coming to Denmark in the 1960s and 70s.

Shargawi's film is also nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, given to the best documentary from all of the Berlinale's festival sections. The award is to be shared between director and producer.

Director Omar Shargawi Producer Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin Production Snowglobe Premiere 8 February 20.00

Shooting Star

Elliott Crosset Hove

Films include Locarno winner 'Winter Brothers' (2017), box-office hit 'The Purity of Vengeance' (2018) and 'Wildland' (2019) with Sidse Babett Knudsen.

Berlinale Classics

Ordet (The Word)

World premiere of the digitally restored version of Dreyer's classic from 1955.

Morten Borgen, a farmer and a man of faith, has three sons. The oldest, Mikkel, is married to Inger who is expecting their second child. Middle son Johannes has lost his mind. The youngest, Anders, wants to marry Anne, the daughter of a sectarian tailor whose beliefs are irreconcilable with Morten Borgen. Inger dies giving birth to a stillborn son. The calamity softens the two stern fathers, and they give Anders and Anne permission to marry. Inger’s daughter, Maren, and Johannes, who has regained his sanity, pray by Inger’s casket for God to bring her back from the dead – and a miracle happens.

Director Carl Theodor Dreyer Premiere 9 February 19.30

More danish films in Berlin

Berlinale Series

Follow the Money III (first two episodes) created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram and directed by Søren Balle.

Best European Children & Youth Film of 2018

I am William by Jonas Elmer is nominated as one of nine European children's films for the ECFA Award. Awards ceremony is 9 February. Produced by Meta Film.

European Film Market

All I Want for Christmas by Christian Dyekjær, produced by David C.H. Østerbøg, Morten Rasmussen for Deluca Film.

Checkered Ninja by Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen, produced by Anders Mastrup and Trine Heidegaard for Nordisk Film.

Hacker by Poul Berg, produced by Signe Leick Jensen and Morten Kaufmann for Toolbox Film.

Happy Ending by Hella Joof, produced by Mie Andreasen for Happy Ending Film & TV. 

Out of Tune by Frederikke Aspöck, produced by Senia Dremstrup for SF Studios.

Queen of Hearts by May el-Toukhy, produced by Caroline Blanco and René Ezra for Nordisk Film.

The Shamer's Daughter – The Serpent Gift by Ask Hasselbalch, produced by Eva Juel Hammerich and Nina Lyng for Nepenthe Film.

Sons of Denmark by Ulaa Salim, produced by Daniel Mühlendorph for Hyæne Film.

Wildwitch by Kaspar Munk, produced by Stinna Lassen and Anni Fernandez for Good Company Films.

Co-productions with Danish partners

International Competition

Out Stealing Horses (Norway) by Hans Petter Moland, Danish co-producer is Marie Gade Denessen for Zentropa.

Generation 14plus

The Magic Life of V (Finland) by Tonislav Hristov, Danish co-producer is Kirstine Barfod for Kirstine Barfod Film.

Reconstructing Utøya (Sweden) by Carl Javér, Danish co-producer is Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen.


Khartoum Offside (Sudan) by Marwa Zein, Danish co-producer is Henrik Underbjerg for Stray Dog Productions.


Monos (Colombia) by Alejandro Landes, Danish co-producer is Katrin Pors for Snowglobe.

Divine Love (Brazil) by Gabriel Mascaro, Danish co-producer is Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin and Katrin Pors for Snowglobe.

Forum Expanded

The Rehearsal (Brazil) by Tamar Guimarães, produced by Brazilian-born Tamar Guimarães, who lives and works in Copenhagen.

Festival contacts

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk
Head of international
Tel. +45 5096 7411 

Anne Marie Kürstein

Anne Marie Kürstein
Festival consultant, documentary films
Tel. +45 4041 4697

Christian Juhl-Lemche

Christian Juhl-Lemche
Festival Consultant, feature films
Tel. +45 2148 8522

Lizette Gram Mygind

Lizette Gram Mygind
Festival Consultant, feature films
Telefon: +45 2484 3758

Annemarie Hørsman

Annemarie Hørsman
Communication Officer
Tel. +45 3374 3474