Denmark

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)

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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 »

Jørgen Leth – Det legende menneske AKA Moments of Play (1986)

A personal essay on the play of children and grown-ups all over the world. The director has shot the film in different countries and cultures: Bali, Brazil, China, Denmark, UK, Haiti, Spain and the USA. Read More »

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

An intent fast paced Danish dark comedy film about two separately motivated brothers who with their slightly psychopathic tendencies end up in a touchy situation. One brother gets in serious trouble after a bank robbery and begs the other brother for help. Read More »

Jørgen Leth – Step on Silence (1981)

Step on Silence was made from raw material from Peter Martins – en danser but unlike the traditional way the Martins film communicates its material in this case we have a film that with its slightly dusty, scratchy appearance makes room for all the shots originally discarded for technical or narrative reasons. It fades to black and up again if visual material is lacking at any given moment, for example, while the continuity of the soundtrack is maintained. The establishing by the cameraman of a new frame or focus is not edited out for the sake of appearances. The painstaking repetitions from the rehearsal room are captured by showing several takes of the same detail from the dance one after the other. Read More »

Jørgen Leth – Peter Martins, en danser AKA Peter Martins: A Dancer (1978)

Peter Martins – en danser is a classical documentary using illustrative visuals, interviews with the subject, and a linking narrative voice over paints a portrait of the Danish ballet star with the New York City Ballet. “I cannot deal with second best people”, the handsome, self-assured Martins says, describing himself as a monstrously ambitious man who is however able to regard his work as a continual learning process. The film follows Martins as a dancer and choreographer, primarily in the rehearsal room but also on stage. Read More »