Denmark

Jessica Nilsson – All About Anna (2005)

Anna is a modern, independent single girl, focused on her job and wary of getting caught in romantic relationships. Her life is all about fun. Strangers without strings. No commitment, no casualties. She has just found a new apartment, and is tempted to let her latest boyfriend, Frank, move in with her. Instead, she finds a tenant: The flamboyant, fun-loving Camilla, who shares Anna’s views on love and commitment. But then an old boyfriend happens to knock on her door: Johann, the very man who five years previously broke Anna’s heart. Read More »

Lars von Trier – Direktoren for det hele AKA The Boss of it All (2006)

Quote:
The owner of an IT firm wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company president to hide behind when unpopular steps needed taking. When potential purchasers insist on negotiating with the “Boss” face to face the owner has to take on a failed actor to play the part. The actor suddenly discovers he is a pawn in a game that goes on to sorely test his (lack of) moral fibre. Read More »

José Ramón Larraz – Whirlpool AKA Perversion Flash AKA She Died with Her Boots On (1970)

Synopsis:
A blonde fashion model, Tulia is lured to an isolated country estate by a creepy older woman, Sara. There she meets Theo, orphan and homeless boy who has given a home by Sara. They call each other as aunt and nephew. He is photography-obsessed and even creepier than Sara. Tulia doesn’t seem too perturbed to learn that a previous female model, Rhonda that went there has disappeared without a trace, nor does she find it strange that her first night there they get her drunk and engage her in perverse game of strip poker. She almost has sex with the boy while the old woman secretly watches but he isn’t able to rise to the occasion. The next day he takes her into town and pays a friend to rip her clothes off and nearly rape her while he takes pictures. This doesn’t seem to bother her either because soon she’s involved in another bisexual three-way sex/photography session with them. There is also an allusion to the old Bluebeard story-the model has been forbidden to enter the boy’s mysterious darkroom. Read More »

Nils Malmros – Kærlighedens smerte AKA Pain of Love (1992)

In Kærlighedens Smerte (Pain of Love) by the Danish veteran director Nils Malmros we follow the life of a young woman with a childish innocence and great impulsiveness called Kirsten. Kirsten grows up in a middle class home with sympathetic bourgeois parents. We watch Kirsten as she experiences her first innocent relationship with a rather immature boy, as she starts to lust after and date older men, as she experiences failures, as she breaks down mentally, … Read More »

Nils Malmros – Drenge AKA Boys (1977)

Boys (Drenge) is Nils Malmros’ first movie made in collaboration with a professional film crew. Even so, the movie has a very mature feel to it and the feeling of authenticity from Malmros’ earlier film “Lars Ole, 5C” remains. Boys is, together with “Lars Ole, 5C” and “Tree of Knowledge” part of Malmros’ “Ole”-triology. Read More »

Nils Malmros – Lars Ole, 5c (1973)

Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In the Danish film Lars Ole, 5c the “5c” refers to the boy Lars’ school class form. The film consists of many little moments from the school life of a young man, including such occasions as a skirmish among the teens for teacherly favors or for attention from a member of the opposite sex. This independently produced film was highly praised in its native Denmark and was an official entry in the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Read More »

Benjamin Christensen – Häxan AKA Häxan Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

Quote:
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages and early modern era suffered from the same ills as psychiatric patients diagnosed with hysteria in the film’s own time. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema. Read More »