A satire, psychological drama and comedy rolled into one, director Erik Clausen’s Villa Paranoia adeptly draws upon rich characters, who demonstrate the values and strength of the human heart, to create a portrait of Denmark today.
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The Commune / Kollektivet (2016) Thomas Vinterberg, Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Drama, Family
Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father’s large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, a dozen women, men and children move into the country house, make collective decisions, engage in discussions and go swimming together in the nearby Øresund strait. They also rub each other up the wrong way on account of their smaller and larger idiosyncrasies. Their fragile equilibrium threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves into the house. Fourteen-year-old Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna, aloofly observes these goings-on and seeks her own way.
Without a Stitch / Uden en trævl (1968) Annelise Meineche, Anne Grete Nissen, Ib Mossin, Joan Gamst, Comedy, Drama, Erotic
When a high-school girl complains of her inability to reach sexual climax, her doctor suggests that she keep a diary of her sexual encounters. She does just that and soon finds herself caught up in a sexual merry-go-round that includes making a hardcore porno film in Sweden, an escapade with a German sadist and a lesbian encounter.
I dine hænder / In Your Arms (2015) Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, Lisa Carlehed, Peter Plaugborg, Johanna Wokalek, Verena Bosshard, Drama
Maria is a young and caring nurse who wants to break free. Niels is an incurable patient who wants to travel to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. Together they embark on an intense journey that will bring them closer to each other but also closer to their dreams.
For My Brother / For Min Brors Skyld (2014) Brian Bang, Elias Munk, Christopher Friis Jensen, Allan Karlsen, Drama
The two brothers Aske (17 years old) and Bastian (12 years old) live with their father, Lasse. Their mother died seven years earlier. Every day they live in a world where fear, violence and alcohol are huge factors, but where the brothers’ strong and close relationship means everything. Aske’s fight for survival means that he has to serve his father’s sexual needs, which include abuse from the father, but also from paying customers and the father’s friend Hans (who has a lot of contacts in the pedophile environment). Aske tries everything to keep his little brother out of it all so that he won’t experience the same as himself. But one day Bastian is abused by their father and Aske’s entire world is about to fall apart. The brothers choose to move to Norway, far away in the beautiful mountains. Their friendship outshines everything! They are together and far away from their evil father… Yet one morning everything is turned upside down and suddenly their fate from home is brought to Norway, which has fatal consequences for both brothers…
When Animals Dream / Når dyrene drømmer (2014) Jonas Alexander Arnby, Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
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.
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.