Yet another distinguished award goes to the daring satire "The Red Chapel", directed by Mads Brügger. This time, the film is bringing home the World Cinema Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival 2010.
The film is about a journalist with no scruples, a self-proclaimed spastic, and a comedian who travel to North Korea under the guise of a cultural exchange visit to challenge one of the world's most notorious regimes.
Weapon of Humour
On awards night Saturday, Mads Brügger introduced his film's stars as, "the Laurel and Hardy of Danish-Korean comedians." Simon Jul Jørgensen, the straight man of the duo, spoke of the impact that a film like Brügger’s can have. "Weapons are not the most powerful and fearsome weapons in the world," he said. "It's humour."
In September "The Red Chapel" won Best Nordic Documentary at Nordisk Panorama festival in Reykjavik, and then took the honours of a presentation at Amsterdam's IDFA Reflecting Images: Best of Fests in November.