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For young Danes my age, the films of Regner Grasten are as central to childhood as Nickelodeon is to Americans or Disney films to everyone. One of the first producers to take advantage of the commercialization of the Danish film support system in the eighties, the first Regner Grasten films were cheap, hated flops. But he found his niche with a string of family films, beginning with Krummerne in 1991, which had an inescapable title song that had my whole class of six-year-olds obsessed throughout my first school year. A string of sequels and copies followed, pretty much . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.