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Award-winning Danish Films presented with the Cinematheque Centre Manila's January Screenings

Following the success of the first ever Danish Film Festival in Shangri-La Plaza last December, the Cinematheque Theatre Manila will be screening a prime selection of these Danish films this January 2016, presented by the Embassy of Denmark and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The films, all nominees and winners for the Academy Award, among others, represent the excellent but often underappreciated cinema of Denmark.

The introduction of Danish film Antboy into the Cine Europa festival last September 2015 drummed up interest for their unique and rich Danish cinema, unknown to most Filipinos apart from the provocative director Lars Von Trier. But Denmark has had a long, prosperous history of filmmaking, known for their social realism, documentaries, and youth and children’s films. Denmark’s strong state support of their film culture creates an abundant and competitive pool of talent in the country, resulting in many quality films. Starting with their first film festival, the Embassy of Denmark is quite eager to share this talent to our local audiences and offer their culture to Filipinos, with the promise of more cultural activities in 2016.

To sate our curiosity for Danish cinema, a lineup of films will be shown free starting January 8: The Hunt (Jagten), In a Better World (Hævnen), Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud), Waltzing Regitze (Dansen med Regitze), and A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære).

The Hunt (2012) follows the story of newly divorced Lucas, who is rehabilitating his relationship with his teenage son and beginning a romance with a co-worker while teaching at a local kindergarten. A terrible accusation from one of the children threatens to destroy Lucas’s life, and he fights to maintain his innocence despite the community’s growing violence and hysteria. The film was entered into the Academy Awards and won various accolades in the Cannes Film Festival.

Academy Award-winning In a Better World (2010) is the story of a father, Anton, a Swedish doctor in Denmark who treats the refugee victims of a Sudanese warlord, who tries to keep his family intact amidst an affair that threatens his marriage with his wife Marianne. His son Elias is bullied in school until new student Christian comes in to his rescue, and a friendship buds between them. Events come to pass that put the family’s ideas of justice and forgiveness into question.

Babette’s Feast (1987) also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the first Danish film to do so in the category. Based on a short story by Danish author Isak Dinesen, Babette’s Feast takes place in a small village in 19th century Denmark, where two aging sisters live puritanical lives with the rest of their congregation from their sect, founded by their father who has since passed. A Parisian refugee and cook, Babette, enters their lives to work for them for free, but when she wins a lottery ticket and chooses to spend her winnings in preparing a grand dinner for the town, their small lives are upended by Babette’s French feast.

A couple’s relationship takes center stage in Waltzing Regitze (1989) as middle-aged Karl Åge and Regitze host a summer garden party for their friends family. Withdrawn and reserved Karl Åge looks back at his history and love with spritely, energetic Regitze, building a portrait of their life together as a tragedy comes to the fore. A classic that brought Danish film to international audiences, the film won the Robert Award, considered to be the Danish Oscars, for Film of the Year.

Period drama A Royal Affair (2012) is set in the 18th century Denmark, where Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain has been sent to marry King Christian VII. But the mad king leaves her miserable in her new home and marriage, until a German doctor, Johann Friedrich Struensee, becomes the king’s physician. A friendship brews between King Christian and Struensee, while Struensee’s and Caroline’s shared liberalism and idealism gives way to a romance between them, creating the start of a revolution. The film won two Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

The films will run from January 8th to the 20th of 2016 at the Cinematheque Theatre Manila. Films have English subtitles and the admission is FREE, made possible by the Embassy of Denmark, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Film Cultural Exchange Program.

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