The outsider Marie lives with her parents in a remote fishing village on the north coast of Denmark. She has no one to confide in other than her work colleague Daniel, who is fascinated by her wild nature. As the two gradually become closer, Marie begins to experience strange changes to her body: Hair begins to sprout where it shouldn’t, and the young woman is increasingly overcome by an uncontrollable animalistic aggression. Marie begins to look into her hitherto hushed-up family history for answers… This atmospheric werewolf thriller from Denmark was one of the hidden gems at this year’s Cannes Festival.
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Ditte Menneskebarn / Ditte, Child of Man (1946) Bjarne Henning-Jensen, Tove Maës, Karen Poulsen, Rasmus Ottesen, Drama
Ditte is born out of wedlock and lives as a young girl with her old beloved grandmother. As an illegitimate child she is teased in school and more than anything in the world she wants a father. When steady – utterly reliable – herring dealer Lars Petter shows up and tells her that he is marrying Ditte’s mother, the little girl is very happy. Now Ditte must take care of three new sisters and brothers but gets nothing but complaints from her ungrateful, selfish mother. But the little girl finds consolation and support in both her sisters and brothers and Lars Petter.
De røde enge / Red Meadows (1945) Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen, Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, War, Drama
Set during WW II, the film concerns the exploits of a group of Danish resistance fighters. Ipsen raised a few eyebrows back in 1950 for her comparatively sympathetic portrayal of a German occupation officer who befriends a member of the underground – though he was careful to show the bestiality of the Nazis during a grueling torture sequence. The story ends with a rousing gun battle and a desperate escape bid. Red Meadows is allegedly based on a true story.
En soap / A Soap (2006) Pernille Fischer Christensen, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Frank Thiel, Comedy, Drama
32 year old Charlotte (Trine Dyrholm) could have it all, but she doesn’t want it. After moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment, she becomes the upstairs neighbor of Veronica (David Dencik), who is in the process of transitioning from male to female.
En mand kommer hjem / When a Man Comes Home (2007) Thomas Vinterberg, Oliver Møller-Knauer, Ronja Mannov Olesen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Comedy
A small provincial town is buzzing with excitement: the town’s most illustrious son, a world-famous opera singer, is coming home. Meanwhile, Sebastian, a kitchen boy who is as good as married, falls head over heels in love with the new maid, Maria. Their love affair, along with rumours that the opera singer and the kitchen boy are related, turns the town upside down, threatening to ruin everyone’s high expectations and the opera singer’s triumphant return.
Submarino (2010) Thomas Vinterberg, Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Drama
As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. He drinks, lives in a shelter and tries to help an old friend. When their mother dies, Nick meets his brother at the funeral. The brother, who remains nameless, is a single father to a young boy, but also supports a drug habit that is spiraling out of control. When an opportunity presents itself, he becomes a drug dealer to secure his son’s future. Eventually, the two brothers meet again.
Harry og kammertjeneren / Harry and the Butler (1961) Bent Christensen, Osvald Helmuth, Ebbe Rode, Gunnar Lauring, Comedy, Family
Set in the late fifties in Denmark the poor junk yard assistant Harry inherits some money. He decides to use the money to hire a butler. The butler isn’t too keen on the job at first, but he takes it because there aren’t that many butler-jobs around at the moment. In the beginning both of them don’t know what to expect of the other, but find a way to satisfy both of them. The people in the neighborhood at first make jokes about Harry and his butler, but in the end they start to accept him when he starts to help them.
Kapgang / Speed Walking (2014) Niels Arden Oplev, Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Drama
In a quirky, small town, situated in the outskirts of everything, 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; the communion. It’s 1976, music’s in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all Martin’s mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death trickers a series of events that not only changes Martin’s life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community. An intense, humorous and evocative story about how life and death demands a transition in us all.
De fem benspænd / The Five Obstructions (2003) Jørgen Leth, Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Documentary
In this playful, mischievous look at the creative process, Danish auteur Lars von Trier challenges his mentor Jørgen Leth to remake Leth’s influential 1967 short “The Perfect Human” five times, with each remake having a von Trier-imposed restriction.
I Kina spiser de hunde / In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Lasse Spang Olsen, Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Action, Comedy, Crime
Arvid is a regular bank clerk, whose life changes radically when he knocks out the bank robber Franz with his squash racket. A few days later Franz’s wife visits him lamenting that she needed the swag for an IVF. To obtain the money Arvid and his criminal brother Harald plan a thievery, which ends bloodily and drags them into real trouble.