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Danish Films at Sundance, Gothenburg, and Rotterdam

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Danish films are well represented at both Sundance and the film festivals in Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Read on for an overview of the new, exciting Danish films traversing the festival circuit.

Short films, documentaries, animated films and feature film debuts: a rich variation of new Danish films is represented at several festivals around the world, including Sundance Film Festival and the international film festivals in Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Scroll down for the full overview.

Documentaries

Danish documentary is thriving, as seen last at the support for CPH:DOX as well as the Danish documentaries present at IDFA 2014, a staggering 15 films being selected for the biggest documentary film festival in the world.

Laurits Flensted-Jensen’s short documentary “Snow” will be competing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for a Tiger award at the As Long As It Takes: Shorts section.

At this year’s Sundance, Michael Madsen’s “The Visit” will celebrate its world premiere. Along with “Pervert Park” by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors – a Swedish-Danish co-production – it will be competing in the World Cinema Documentary section.

The latter will also be competing in the Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary section at the film festival in Gothenburg. It will be joined by Camilla Nielsson’s “Democrats” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence”.

Anders Østergaard’s “1989” – the film that opened last year’s CPH:DOX – has been selected for the Europa, Europa section in Gothenburg. Other documentaries have been selected for the Nordic Light section at the festival: “The Circus Dynasty” by Anders Riis-Hansen, “The Newsroom – Off the Record” by Mikala Krogh and “The Arms Drop” by Andreas Koefoed.

Feature films and short films

Also selected for Nordic Light in the coastal city are feature films “Speed Walking” by Niels Arden Oplev and “Flow” by Fenar Ahmad as well as the short films “Baby” by Camilla Ramonn and the animated “Brothers in Arms” by Cav Bøgelund.

Michael Noer’s third feature film “Key House Mirror” will open the festival in Gothenburg, competing in the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film section with Samanou Acheche Sahlström’s debut feature “In Your Arms”.

Jeppe Rønde’s debut feature film “Bridgend” will not only be competing for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award in Sweden; the film will celebrate its world premiere at the film festival in Rotterdam, competing for the Tiger award, the main competition.

The other Danish films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam are the aforementioned “Speed Walking”, “Key House Mirror” and “Snow”.

Sundance Film Festival

World Cinema Documentary Competition

  • “The Visit” by Michael Madsen
  • “Pervert Park” by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Tiger Award

  • “Bridgend” by Jeppe Rønde

As Long As It Takes: Shorts

  • “Snow” by Laurits Flensted-Jensen

Live

  • “Speed Walking” by Niels Arden Oplev

Spectrum Premiere / Big Screen Award

  • “Key House Mirror” by Michael Noer

Gothenburg International Film Festival

Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

  • “Key House Mirror” by Michael Noer
  • “In Your Arms” by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm

Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

  • “Bridgend” by Jeppe Rønde

Gala Screening

  • “A Second Chance” by Susanne Bier
  • “Silent Heart” by Bille August

Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

  • “Democrats” by Camilla Nielsson
  • “The Look of Silence” by Joshua Oppenheimer
  • “Pervert Park” by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors

Nordic Light

  • “Speed Walking” by Niels Arden Oplev
  • “Flow” by Fenar Ahmad
  • “The Circus Dynasty” by Anders Riis-Hansen
  • “The Newsroom – Off the Record” by Mikala Krogh
  • “The Arms Drop” by Andreas Koefoed
  • “Brothers in Arms” by Cav Bøgelund
  • “Baby” by Camilla Ramonn

Europa, Europa

  • “1989” by Anders Østergaard

Additional information

Sundance Film Festival takes place 22 January – 1 February.

International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place 21 January – 1 February.

Gothenburg Film Festival takes place 23 January – 2 February.