Films From Denmark

An amusing and clever twist to the usual travel documentary. The Danish capital is seen with a happy irreverence. Tourist attractions are mentioned, but with whimsical irony, and the film presents an entertaining view of this cosmopolitan city. ... Read more
Carl Dreyer, creator of Jeanne D'Arc and the fantastic Vampyr, is that very rare person in films today — a moralist, classicist, and an incorruptible artist. From the novel by Anne Pedersdotter, this dark, sombre story of witchcraft in seventeenth century Denmark. Day of Wrath, is an example of his impeccable technique, told with all the humanity and power of Dreyer's art. ... Absalon Pedersson. P... Read more
In a blend of fact and fiction, the film gives a poetic picture of the life of a fisherman and his family. ... Read more
A day in the life of a housewife. Gradually, she becomes aware that something is wrong. An incident, in which she fails to make contact with a foreign worker, leads her to the decision to change her life. ... Read more
"Perhaps the best film yet set against the mess of the ongoing Middle Eastern wars, Tobias Lindholm's latest is a scrupulous, unglamorized examination of battlefield decision-making, and its potentially devastating impacts, both there and back home." – Village Voice ... Picking up an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, A War finds writer/director Tobias Lindholm (director of A... Read more
Accused is a dramatic new addition to the school of bold and compelling Danish cinema. At first glance, Henrik, Nina and Stine seem to comprise a perfectly average family. Henrik is a swimming teacher and his wife, Nina, is a secretary. If this well-heeled, middle-class couple have a problem at all then it's their 14-year-old daughter; Stine's going through a difficult phase. Then one day Henrik i... Read more
“Legal consequences in Denmark may be dire, but this agitprop work by writer-director-thesp Kaplers is a tour de force.” - Variety Taking aim at the political stage and the manipulative tendencies of the modern media, AFR is a work of fact-deconstruction in the guise of documentary. Following the fictional assassination of (very much alive) Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, AFR negotiates the bound... Read more
“One of the most emotionally devastating films of the year, After The Wedding is also one of the most important.” - Toronto Film Festival Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen and director Susanne Bier's (a reformed Dogme disciple of what Village Voice calls “emotional disaster movies”) gut-wrenching drama looks at the emotional implosion that occurs when the lives of an altruistic aid worker and an a... Read more
Joan is a semi-professional go-go girl: people like to watch her and she likes to be watched. Does her dancing express her joie de vivre? Or do we read meanings into her dancing? Into the film? But does it matter? She is very pretty anyway. ... Read more
Twelve-year-old Anna is in at a crossroads in her life. Her world is changing - and so is she. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Rúnar Rúnarsson P Caroline Schlüter WS Caroline Schlüter L Danish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
"Moving, complex and brutal... an outstanding film about men at war." - Empire ... In forward operating base Armadillo, a posting of young Danish soldiers are on campaign against the Taliban. Gaining incredible access, director Janus Metz chronicles six months of their everyday lives in Afghanistan, creating a confronting, uncompromised and close-up view of modern warfare. ... Metz's film shows th... Read more
In the old days, one could kill a man - if one had enough power. Today, one may let him kill himself - if he has enough power. ... Read more
Scripted and directed by herself. this ... documentary on the career of one o‘ ... the first famous stars of the screen ... contains excerpts from her films ... Cut into an interview with the lonely ... old actress of 86. ... Read more
In 1968, Asta Nielsen made a short documentary of her career with Poul Reumert, who played Mr Rudolf in The Abyss. In the final scene she sits among the art treasures of her Copenhagen apartment and says, 'I am only waiting to die,' a single tear trickling down her cheek. After the scene was shot she is said to have told the cameraman, 'I hope you got that. I don't think I have another screen tear... Read more
A little girl is sent on an errand to the ballet school of the Royal Danish Theatre and becomes a dancer herself. This is the theme of an authentic and beguiling ballet film produced by a notable team, Astrid and Bjarne Henning &ndash: Jensen. ... Read more
A ballet film giving us a high-spirited panorama of mankind's development from ancient Egypt to the space age. ... First Prize, International Television Festival, Buffalo; Award of Merit, San Francisco Festival. ... Read more
Malmros has come up with a film even better than his ... excellent "Tree of Knowledge". He retains a wry, compassionate mood, not without humour, in this study of a ... crucial point in a father-daughter relationship. Klein plays the easy-going father who gets to notice more about his 16-year-old daughter on the verge of womanhood (an excellent performance by newcomer Soborg). ... His wife is in h... Read more
Blind and deformed from radiation poisoning, Berik spends his days alone at home - that is until 11-year-old Adil comes knocking. ... --- ... D/S Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit WS Zentropa L Russian, Kazakh w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit WS Zentropa L Russian, Kazakh w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
An intimate and illuminating portrait of Bjarke Ingels, the architectural prodigy attempting to bring to life the 2 World Trade Centre project. ... At only 42, Bjarke Ingels has achieved more than most architects could ever dream of. In the last few years alone, he's designed Google's headquarters, the Smithsonian's new campus and the DryLine – New York's post-Hurricane Sandy flood-protection syst... Read more
Behind the walls of a Syrian hamman, friends Eman and Rima meet to bathe and share confidences. An intimate and occasionally disarming portrait emerges of two modern women actively engaged in defining their own aspirations and shaping a place for themselves in a society in transition. ---D/S/P Camilla Magid WS Danish Film Institute L Syrian w/English subtitles TD video/col/2006/29mins ... Read more
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