Apr 9, 2012
Danish film festival
Danish film festival
The first Festival of Danish Films in the Republic of Macedonia will take place in “Cinematheque of Macedonia” from Monday 09 April 2012. Films that will be shown in “Cinematheque of Macedonia” participated in European film festivals such as the ones in Berlin, Thessaloniki, Brussels and Edinburgh.
“Our goal is to show the films we are proud of” – says Kristijan Juhl Lemche, coordinator of the project for film activities during Danish Presidency of the European Union. The Festival is organized on the occasion of 7th presidency of the Kingdom of Denmark with the European Union and will last 4 days from 9 to 12 April 2012. Macedonian movie-goers will have the opportunity to experience Danish film in all of its diversity.
The Festival will open on 9 April 2012 at 8:00 pm with movie that won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011: “In a Better World”, after that another winner of Oscar from 1988, “Babettes’s Feast” (10 April 2012 at 10:00 pm) is to follow as well as the winner of Crystal Bear Award in category of youth film competition at Berlin Film Festival in 2006 “We Shall Overcome” (11 April 2012, 8:00 pm).
Festival will be closed with a showing of documentary, a true story about former rich women who are hardly making both ends meet today: “Good Life” (12 April 2012, 8:00 pm).The event is organized by Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark from Vienna under patronage of Alkaloid AD Skopje Company, whose CEO Mr. Zhivko Mukaetov is also Consul General of the Kingdom of Denmark in the Republic of Macedonia.Admission is free to all showings.
PROGRAM AND SYNOPSYS
Monday 9 April 2012, 8:00
IN A BETTER WORLD (Haenven)
film, Denmark/Sweden 2012
Director: Suzanne Bier
Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen
Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Raigard, William Yonk Nielsen
Anton is a doctor who works in a camp for African refugees. He is separated from his wife with whom he has two sons. Older son Elias is bullied at school until a new student helps him defend himself against bullies. However, their friendship brings them soon into trouble and the parents, with all the problems of their own, are the ones who will have to help children deal with complexity of human emotions, pain and compassion. This film won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 10:00 pm
BABETTE’S FEAST (Babettes gaestebud)
film, Denmark 1987
Director: Gabriel Axel
Writer: Gabriel Axel, according to a novel by Karen Blixen
Cast: Stefane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Brigitte Federspiel
In Denmark in 19 century Martin and Filipa live in a recluse community with their father who is minister of a small protestant church. They had opportunities to leave the village, but yet they remained to live with their father. Several years later a French woman Babette seeks refuge in their home and they hire her as housemaid. When sisters want to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the minister, Babette undertakes to prepare everything for that occasion. They do not know what to expect from a woman different from them – both French and catholic. This film won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988.
Wednesday 11 April 2012 8:00 pm
WE SHALL OVERCOME (Drømmen)
film, Denmark, 2006
Director: Nils Arden Oplev
Writer: Nils Arden Oplev, Steen Bille
Cast: Bent Mejding, Anders B. Bertelsen, Jens Jorn Spottag
This is a story of a boy who stands up against repression at school in 1969 in Denmark, inspired by Martin Luther King’s fight for human rights. Not only that he has to fight against the strict head master of the school, but he needs to face depression issues of his own father. His life changes when new teacher Svale, arrives at the school, who arouses Fritz’s interest in rock music, freedom of thought and passive resistance.The winner of Crystal Bear Award in category of youth film competition at Berlin Film Festival in 2006.
Thursday 12 April 2012 8:00
GOOD LIFE (Det gode liv)
documentary, Denmark, 2010
Director: Eva Mulvad
Cast: Anemate Bekman, Mete Bekman
Mother and daughter Bekman used to have more money than they could spend. They no longer have it. The mother has to support her daughter financially with her small retirement pension and they live in a small apartment. The daughter, who entered 6-th decade of her life, had never worked in her life. Still, she believes that life has so much more to give her. The film follows their attempts to make both ends meet, their hopes for the future and their malicious conflicts.