Annelise Meineche – Sangen om den røde rubin AKA The Song of the Red Ruby (1970)

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A young, idealistic business student has ambitions to be a concert pianist, but his obsession with beautiful women keeps him from achieving his goal. To earn money for his tuition, he takes a job as headmaster of a small girls’ school. There his weakness for beautiful women is put to the test when he is pursued by a bevy of sexy coeds. The film is based on a novel by Agnar Mykle. Continue reading

Lars von Trier – Dancer in the Dark [+Extras] (2000)

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SYNOPSIS:
Selma is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is
her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals.
Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she
can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma
of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale.

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 34 nominations Continue reading

Janus Metz Pedersen – Armadillo (2010)

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Storyline:
In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions. The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters. The filmmakers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers. Yet more disturbing than scenes in which Taliban bullets whiz past their cameras is the footage of the young soldiers as each tries, in his own way, to come to terms with putting his life constantly on the line Continue reading

Dag Johan Haugerud – Det er meg du vil ha AKA I’m the One You Want (2014)

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This film tells the true story of a 30-year-old female high school teacher who falls in love with a 15-year-old pupil and starts a relationship with him. Sonja Evang’s script is based on interviews with the real life persons. It was developed and shot to be screened at the Norwegian Drama Festival.

Sindre Kaspersen @ IMDB wrote:
Norwegian screenwriter and director Dag Johan Haugerud’s second narrative feature which was written by Norwegian screenwriter Sonja Evang, is inspired by real events and interviews with the person in question. It premiered at the Norwegian Drama Festival in 2013, was shot on location in Oslo, Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by Norwegian producer Yngve Sæther. It tells the story about a 32-year-old Norwegian female secondary school teacher who gradually fell in love with her 15-year-old pupil and how she approached and handled this situation. Continue reading

Jessica Nilsson – All About Anna (2005)

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All About Anna is a Danish film released in 2005, directed by Jessica Nilsson and starring Gry Bay and Mark Stevens. The film is explicit in its exploration of sexual relationships. It avoids being classified as pornography, however, through avoidance of closeup views of genital/genital contact.
It is a co-production between Innocent Pictures and Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Productions, and is the third of Zentropa’s sex films for women, following Constance (1998) and Pink Prison (1999). All three films were based on the Puzzy Power Manifesto developed by Zentropa in 1997. Continue reading

Lars von Trier – Dogville (2003)

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Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town’s sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace’s freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter.
Written by Neil Hillman. Continue reading

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen – Mifunes sidste sang aka Mifune’s Last Song (1999)

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As developed by Danish directors Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, Dogma 95’s so-called “Vow Of Chastity” places restrictions on filmmakers—use only handheld cameras, real locations, and available light while avoiding superficial action (weapons, murders, etc.) and genre pieces—for the ostensible purpose of a truer, more organic cinema. Critics anxious to dismiss the movement were silenced by Vinterberg’s entry, Dogma 1: The Celebration, a devastating black comedy made all the more powerful by its stripped-down, home-movie-like quality. But the Dogma tenets seem arbitrary in Dogma 3: Mifune, which follows the rules but misses the point, employing cruddy naturalism to pass off a contrived and deeply conventional story. Had Von Trier and Vinterberg thought to include the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold or estranged-autistic-brother (a la Rain Man) under “superficial action,” director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen might have improvised something less predictable. On its own modest terms, however, Mifune is still a well-performed and mildly affecting provincial drama that shares Vinterberg’s interest in family, if not his wit and innovation. Continue reading