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THE RED CHAPEL

Denmark, 2009 (MIFF 2010, States of Dissent)

Director: Mads Brügger

A subversive comedy tour through North Korea takes a turn for the absurd in this Yes Men-style gonzo doco from Mads Brügger.

Fighting propaganda with propaganda, filmmaker Mads Brügger takes two Danish-Korean comedians - the rotund Simon and the self-professed ‘spastic' Jacob - on a tour of North Korea in an attempt to expose the tyrannical regime for what it is.

Employing guerilla filmmaking tactics, the trio attempt to covertly critique the totalitarian policies of the state - a prank that starts to spin out of control as the tour's state-appointed minders step in to rewrite the comedians' show as a celebration of Kim Jong-il.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

“Layers of propaganda, indoctrination, and pranksterism collide in bewildering ways.” - Hollywood Reporter

D Mads Brügger P Peter Engel S Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen WS Danish Broadcasting Corporation L Danish, English w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009

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