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Obsession in the Fashion World NEW FILM. Danish fashion model and newcomer Maria Palm is starring in The Model, Mads Matthiesen’s second feature following his Sundance winner Teddy Bear from 2012.

NEW FILM. Tobias Lindholm’s credits as scriptwriter include Borgen and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. Now it’s time for his third film as a director, A War. Firmly rooted in reality, A War is about a Danish company commander and his men who are stationed in Afghanistan. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy Taliban crossfire. To save his men, he makes a decision that ultimately sees him return to Denmark accused of a war

The Model Photo: Carole Bethuel

Rooted in Reality

crime – and returning to his wife Maria and their three children who have been struggling without him. A potently realistic drama, the soldiers are played by actual soldiers that have been stationed in Afghanistan. Lindholm’s first feature as a director was R in 2010 (with Michael Noer), followed by A Hijacking in 2012. As was the case in these two, Pilou Asbæk will also star in A War together with Søren Malling. Lindholm has risen to prominence as scriptwriter as the man behind renowned titles such as the BAFTAwinning TV series Borgen and Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar nominee The Hunt. A War is produced by Nordisk Film. The film is set for release in autumn. MHF

Emma is an emerging fashion model struggling to enter the Parisian fashion scene. In a world of glamour and temptations, she is fighting for her place and cannot stop herself from developing a deadly obsession for fashion photographer Shane White. For the role of Emma, Matthiesen has enlisted first-time actress Maria Palm who knows the fashion world

inside out from her own work as a model. The role of Shane White is played by British actor Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones). Skrein is also soon to be seen as the lead star of the upcoming EuropaCorp action film Transporter Legacy. The Model, shot on location in Paris, Warsaw and Copenhagen, is Matthiesen’s second feature film following his big-screen debut Teddy Bear, about a bodybuilder seeking love in Thailand, for which he received a number of international awards, including a Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The Model is written by Mads Matthiesen, Martin Zandvliet and Anders Frithiof August and is produced by Zentropa. Release is to be announced. MHF

Victory in Red & White NEW FILM. In 1992, the Danish national football team had failed to qualify for the European Championship. The players were already on holiday when they were called up with a surprising message: Yugoslavia was disqualified because of the war, and the Danes were set to replace them. The rest is history: Denmark went


on to surprise the experts and upset the odds by winning the tournament. Director Kasper Barfoed has set out to capture the story of the underdogs who conquered the hearts of everyone with Summer of ‘92. Coach Richard Møller Nielsen is embodied by Ulrich Thomsen, and one of the key players – Brian Laudrup – by Cyron Melville. Silver Bear winner Mikkel Boe Følsgaard portrays hard-tested midfielder Kim Vilfort. Produced by Meta Film. Expected release in September. MHF

NEW FILM. Writer and director Bo Mikkelsen has already made a string of award-winning short films. His long-awaited debut feature What We Become is a horror film shot in Mikkelsen’s hometown of Sorgenfri, a peaceful suburb of Copenhagen. Also used as the film’s Danish title, Sorgenfri literally means “carefree.” The feature, Mikkelsen’s first, tells the story of a family of four in a small town where a mysterious virus outbreak changes everything. Their strong bond is challenged when it all comes down to survival. “The film revolves around what’s closest to you, family, neighbours and friends on a small street. What happens when everything we take for granted is taken away from us? What do we turn into when pushed to our limits?” Bo Mikkelsen asks.

What We Become Photo: Christian Geisnæs

Summer of ‘92 Photo: Christian Geisnæs

Survival of the Fittest

The film marks Mikkelsen’s feature debut after a number of shorts including the acclaimed Tabu, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Lene Børglum. The cast features Mille Dinesen and Mikael Birkkjær, who both appeared in hit Danish TV series Borgen, as well as Troels Lyby, Marie Boda an newcomer Benjamin Engell. Produced by Meta Film. Expected release October. MHF FILM | Berlin Issue 2015

Danish Films Berlin 2015  

Danish Film Institute's magazine with interviews and all the basics on Danish films at Berlin 2015

Danish Films Berlin 2015  

Danish Film Institute's magazine with interviews and all the basics on Danish films at Berlin 2015