Danish cinema is well represented on an international scale. Danish film-makers often attend international film festivals, Hollywood remakes Danish films when Danish actors choose to lead a career abroad alongside their career at home. It is time for you to learn Danish…
Danish cinema on a red carpet
Danish cinema is successful abroad. The selection of a Danish film in an international film festival is daily announced. In 2010, Danish films were present everywhere, from Cannes to Berlin, from Venice to Toronto. Among other examples: Susanne Bier was honoured in Toronto and sevent films were represented at the 2010 Berlinale.
According to the latest Danish Film Institute’s figures, Danish films received 33 awards, Danish documentaries received 47 awards and 14 Danish long feature films were sold to international buyers in 2009.
Let’s make it in America again!
14 long feature films sold in 2009… Hollywood is one of the prominent buyer. It likes remaking films. Many Danish films that have been a success in their home country and in Europe are remade by Uncle Sam. Latest example: Jim Sheridan remade Brothers, a film directed by Susanne Bier in Denmark, Nathalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal performing the roles performed by Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen et Nikolaj Lie Kaas in the Danish film. It tells the story of a woman who falls in love with her brother-in-law after her husband has been declared deceased in Afghanistan. Success of Danish films is guaranted by the film-makers’ choice to talk about contemporary and universal topics suchas the family, the war in Afghanistan…
Furthermore, some Danish film-makers direct English-speaking films such as Nicolas Winding Refn who directed Fear X, the story of a man holding an investigation on his wife’s death, or Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier who directed Dear Wendy, a film on the weapons in America.
When Danish stars go abroad…
Danish cinema is also well represented by its actors who go abroad to lead an international career. The actress, Connie Nielsen, played in Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate and Mission to Mars. Similarly Mads Mikkelsen and Ulrich Thomsen played in many blockbusters. They both played the bad guy in James Bond films. Mads Mikkelsen was also part of the cast of King Arthur in 2004 and Clash of Titans in 2010 when Ulrich Thomsen played in Kingdom of Heaven, Hitman and Duplicity. Denmark is for sure a prominent player on the cinema field.
Thomas Vinterberg, Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen will attend the second edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival where they will present and talk about their films. Watch the trailer of Brothers and the trailer of Pucher II, two of the films that will be screened as part of the focus next December.