Film Countries Archives: Denmark

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Abyss [short film]

  Jeppe Lange

  Denmark     14 minutes

Synopsis

Abyss is a chain of 10,000 images found through Google’s reverse image search. A primal chaos takes place as artificial consciousness is formed.

This film screens as part of Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)

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Collection of four experimental film stills representing Shorts Program 8

Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)

  Various

  Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Iran, United States     83 minutes

Synopsis

Radical tools are at play in this daring collection of shorts that take viewers on an experience like no other. Featuring works by Crystal Z Campbell, Jeppe Lange, María Silvia Esteve, Marayam Tafakory, and Maxime Jean-Baptiste. 

An archive of pareidolia, a condition in which someone sees a pattern or image of something that does not exist, is narrated by a descendent of exodusters in Revolver (US). Abyss (Denmark) is a chain of 10,000 images found through Google’s reverse image search. A primal chaos takes place as artificial consciousness is formed. The Spiral (Argentina) chronicles a woman’s downward spiral as an anxiety attack discloses a complex labyrinth of emotions and fears. Since 1979, Iranian filmmakers have been prohibited from depicting men and women touching on screen. Since then, directors have relied on cinematic tricks to represent intimate moments and powerful emotions. Nazarbazi (Iran) collages these moments into a powerful poem about love and desire. Moune Ô (Belgium) repurposes footage from a film premiere’s party to reveal the survival of colonial inheritance within the western collective unconscious.

Note: The film Nazarbazi is not available as part of the streaming program.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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The Woodcutter Story Metsurin Tarina

  Mikko Myllylahti

  Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany     98 minutes

Synopsis

Seemingly impervious to the perpetual darkness of winter, woodcutter Pepe radiates a cheery disposition to friends and family alike in the picturesque northern Finnish town where he lives. His resolve is tested, though, when a series of cataclysmic events begin to upend his life and throw his family into chaos. But even amid the turmoil, his optimism wins out. Anchored by a riotously deadpan lead performance and a wild cast of characters (including a child barber, a singing psychic, and a talking fish), the film is an absurd, hilarious fable that grows increasingly surreal minute by minute. Despite all the craziness swirling about in the Finnish winter, one must imagine Pepe happy.

 Finnish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki
  •   Mikko Myllylahti
  •   Jussi Rautaniemi F.C.E.
  •   Arsen Sarkisiants
  •   Jarkko Lahti, HP Björkman, Iivo Tuuri, Marc Gassot, Katja Küttner, Ulla Tapaninen, Armi Toivanen
  •   Jorma Kaulanen, Peter Albrectsen
  •   Jonas Struck
  •   Aamu Film Company, Keplerfilm, Beofilm, Achtung Panda!

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Godland Vanskabte Land

  Hlynur Pálmason

  Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden     143 minutes

Synopsis

In the late 19th century, arrogant if naïve Danish priest Lucas travels to Iceland, then a colony of Denmark, to establish a remote parish for homesteaders and convert the locals to Christianity. To reach his outpost, Lucas must traverse the harsh foreign landscape—a grueling journey for which he is decidedly ill-suited. Although local guide Ragnar has been hired to ensure the entourage’s safe passage, Lucas can’t help but treat the Icelander with contempt. Recalling the grand thematics, foreboding landscapes, and existential angst in the best work of Werner Herzog and Ingmar Bergman, the film builds to an inexorable clash between the imperious outsider and the wary locals. Inspired by a collection of wet plate photographs of rural Iceland taken by a priest in the late 1800s, Godland is a forceful, inspired critique of the destructive impact of the colonial endeavor.

 Danish, Icelandic with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains scenes of animal violence.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

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Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Film Credits

  •   Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson, Eva Jakobson, Mikkel Jersin
  •   Hlynur Pálmason
  •   Julius Krebs Damsbo
  •   Frosti Friðriksson
  •   Maria von Hausswolff
  •   Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Waage Sandø, Hilmar Guðjónsson
  •   Björn Viktorsson, Kristian Eidnes Andersen
  •   Alex Zhang Hungtai
  •   Snowglobe, Join Motion Pictures, Maneki Films, Garagefilm International, Film i Väst

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The Great Silence Den Store Stilhed

  Katrine Brocks

  Denmark     95 minutes

Synopsis

In this haunting tale of love, deceit, and forgiveness, Alma is a novice living a secluded life in a convent. As she is preparing to take her perpetual vows to become a nun, her estranged brother Erik comes knocking. After a stint in prison, the emotionally wrecked recovering alcoholic wants to claim what is rightfully his—a share of the family inheritance, which Alma has already gifted to the order. When it becomes clear that Erik wants to extract more from her than money, Alma must decide how far she is willing to go to ensure his silence and keep their dark shared history from coming to light. Dynamic, commanding performances by Kristine Kujath Thorp (Ninjababy) and Elliott Crosset Hove (Godland) propel this tension-filled drama toward an explosive conclusion.

 Danish, Norwegian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Katrine Brocks and producer Pernille Tornøe
*Subject to change

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Katrine Brocks and producer Pernille Tornøe
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Pernille Tornøe
  •   Marianne Lentz, Katrine Brocks
  •   Nikoline Løgstrup
  •   Oskar Arnfred
  •   Mia Mai Dengsø Graabæk
  •   Kristine Kujath Thorp, Elliott Crosset Hove, Karen-Lise Mynster
  •   Anders Ankerstjerne
  •   Johan Carøe
  •   Emily Nicoline Quist, Victor Cunha
  •   Monolit Film ApS