Vinterberg and Fischer Christensen to Berlin

Awardwinning directors Thomas Vinterberg and Pernille Fischer Christensen are competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Awardwinning directors Thomas Vinterberg and Pernille Fischer Christensen are competing for Berlinale's Golden Bear in February.

"Submarino" by Thomas Vinterberg and "A Family" by Pernille Fischer Christensen have been selected for the Official Competition at Berlin International Film Festival (February 11-21). Furthermore Birger Larsen's feature film "Super Brother" and four short films are selected for Generation.


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Portrayal of estranged brothers by Festen's director

"Submarino" by Thomas Vinterberg is a story about two brothers who were separated from each other at a young age by a tragedy that split their entire family. Today, Nick's life is drenched in alcohol and plagued by violence, while his kid brother struggles as a junkie to give his son a better life. Their paths cross, making a confrontation inevitable, but is redemption possible?

The script for "Submarino" is by Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg, and Morten Kaufmann produced for Nimbus Film. The brothers in the film are played by Jakob Cedergren, a Berlin Shooting Star in 2005, and Peter Plaugborg. "Submarino" will be released in Danish cinemas 25 March 2010.

"Submarino" is Thomas Vinterberg's third film in Danish since his pivotal international breakthrough "The Celebration"/"Festen" (1998), the first Dogme film and winner of the Special Prize of the Jury at Cannes. His two English-language features that followed, "It's All About Love" (2003) and "Dear Wendy" (2005), were selected for Sundance.

Silver Bear winner zooms in on family entanglements

Image from Pernille Fischer Christensen's Family. Photo by Rolf Konow.

In Pernille Fischer Christensen´s "A Family", Ditte is part of a renowned family of bakers. She is also a successful gallery owner and constantly on the move. The future is bright—she's moving to the New York with her partner—and life offers her fun and simplicity. As she is about to move to the Big Apple with her partner, her dad, the charismatic Rikard, falls seriously ill. Ditte calls off the move to New York and before long her own way of life hangs in the balance. All of a sudden, life is not so simple.

"A Family" is Pernille Fischer Christensen's third feature film. In 2006, her feature film debut "A Soap" won the Silver Bear and the Best First Feature Award at Berlin.

Pernille Fischer Christensen co-wrote "A family" with Kim Fupz Aakeson, one of today´s most productive and in-demand Danish screenwriters.   

"A Family" features Lene Maria Christensen, Jesper Christensen, Line Kruse, Pilou Asbæk and Anne Louise Hassing. The film is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vinca Wiedemann for Zentropa. "A Family" will have its domestic release 28 October 2010.

60th Berlinale
11-21 February 2010