“If people thought my films were proper and nice and predictable, I would rather open a bakery or write a cookbook. That’s not why I make films.” Discover more about Susanne Bier’s harsh thriller drama “A Second Chance,” Kristian Levring’s Western “The Salvation” and other Danish titles at BFI London Film Festival.

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OFF BALANCE. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays a detective who loses sight of right and wrong in Susanna Bier’s “A Second Chance”. Read more in interview (link below). Photo: Rolf Konow.

In addition to Susanne Bier’s “A Second Chance,” which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival, audiences at the London Film Festival will get a chance to experience a Danish Western, Kristian Levring’s “The Salvation” with Mads Mikkelsen playing a Danish settler in the 1870s in America. The film premiered earlier this year at Cannes Film Festival.

Filmmaking is “brutal and demanding work, and it’s fun because you lie awake at night thinking about it. It should satisfy your creative curiosity and provoke you,” Susanne Bier says.

Read the full interview What Is a Good Person? where Bier discusses moral issues on film, her work ethos and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kristian Levring talks about his dream coming true with “The Salvation” in Into the Wild.

On the bill for London Film Festival is also Fenar Ahmad’s “Flow,” where music plays a vital role. Starring Danish rapper Gilli, Ahmad’s debut feature is a story about a young man who grows up in a housing project and dreams of becoming a rapper.

Again, it’s music that makes the protagonists dream in Martin Miehe-Renard’s “The Contest – To the Stars and Back,” in the shape of two unlikely friends, Karl and Sawsan, who embark on a journey that will give Sawsan the chance of her life: to perform her own song at the Young Eurovision Song Contest.

Susanne Bier is also bringing her US production “Serena” to London Film Festival, while Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen stars in Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy.”

via the Danish Film Institute