Festival of Danish films in Moscow

Ever heard of Lars von Trier and Christoffer Boe? Well it was them who put Denmark on the international cinema map. Their works and several other bright works of contemporary filmmakers will be screened in Moscow amid the third Danish Wave festival.

Over the upcoming six days, Moscow will get a chance to see the best productions from Denmark, made by both internationally-renowned directors and promising newcomers to the industry. A total of six recent films shot over the past few years, and also 1943’s Day of Wrath by outstanding filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, will be on the menu.

Day of Wrath has a history behind it. It was shot during tough times for the country and the whole world. In 1943, Denmark was occupied by the Nazis. It took the winner of Venice’s Golden Lion Carl Theodor Dreyer over 10 years to complete the film. It tells about the 16th century’s witch-hunt in Scandinavia.

Opening the program will be 2011’s Dirch by Martin Zandvliet about Denmark’s favorite comic actor, Dirch Passer. The program will also feature a tragicomedy Truth About Men (2010) by Nikolaj Arcel and the latest work of celebrated Christoffer Boe, Everything Will Be Fine, about paranoid director Jacob Falk.

Lars von Trier Studio’s documentary project The Red Chapel (2009) about a comic troupe’s tour to North Korea will represent the lately controversial director’s school. Closing the Danish film festival will be the film A Family (2009) by woman-director Pernilla Fischer Christensen.

The festival will be held at Moscow’s 35 MM Cinema starting from September 7 through September 12. Opening of this film marathon is designed to coincide with the visit to Russia of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark and Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.

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