Denmark

Janus Sørensen – Grønlandsfilmen aka Elfelt’s Greenland film (1928)

A Danish documentary about Greenland. Filmed by Janus Sørensen for Elfelt Film. Peter Elfelt takes an important place in the history of Danish cinema as being probbly the first documentarist in Denmark and a great deal of his films are about Greenland.

Hard to find much info on this one. Janus Sørensen has filmed several greenlanders, hunters, ships, lots of nature, settlements, dogsleds, kayaks, camps etc.

No intertitles, no audio. Just a series of beautiful locations. The black/white looks amazing in the Greenlandic context. Read More »

Jenö Farkas – Wonderful Copenhagen (1984)

Like a bulletin board that has all kinds of notices next to each other, Jenoe Farkas’ documentary on the various inhabitants of Copenhagen, filmed over a several-year period, has all sorts of people and events on display, but not one unifying theme or any cinematic artifice to link them together. Read More »

Anders Fløe – Afskåret AKA Secluded (2016)

19-year-old Sarah is going on holiday deep in the Swedish forests with her parents. Everything seems to be completely idyllic, but just as she leaves behind civilisation and mobile phone coverage, she discovers that a sex tape of her has been shared on the internet. Without a connection to the outside world, it is difficult for her to prevent the video from spreading, and Sarah’s world slowly falls apart. But what seems like her life’s worst crisis is overshadowed during the holiday by an even worse nightmare, that has fatal consequences for the entire family. Read More »

Andreas Johnsen – Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013)

From the website:
After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is met with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen. Read More »

Natasha Arthy – Se til venstre, der er en Svensker AKA Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (2003)

REVIEW by Anji Milanovic (from plume-noire.com):
In Old, New, Borrowed and Blue director Natasha Arthy begins the film with a signed certificate of authenticity from the Dogma school. By the film’s end, however, it’s clear that she has taken the rules of Dogma and used them to make her own engaging film, instead of an exercise in philosophical experimentation. Read More »

Lasse Spang Olsen – I Kina spiser de hunde AKA In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

A man looking to spice up his life gets a bit more excitement than he expected in this manic crime comedy. Arvid (Dejan Cukie) is a bank teller whose life has fallen into a rut — so deep a rut that his girlfriend, Henne (Trine Dyrholm), breaks up with him for being too dull. Hoping to put some much-needed adventure into his life, Arvid helps stop a robbery at the bank by bashing would-be thief Franz (Peter Gantzler) over the head with a squash racquet. Read More »

Nikolaj Arcel – En kongelig affære aka A Royal Affair (2012)

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician –
and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Read More »