Wednesday, 21 September 2016

2nd Danish Film Festival 2016 Runs From September 29 - October 2

In celebration of 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Denmark and the Philippines, The Embassy highlights its second edition of the #DanishFilmFest. The Danish Film Festival will be held at the Shang Cineplex and will be running from the 29th of September until the 2nd of October. 
Denmark will yet again be showcasing some finely curated films with themes from child superheroes (Antboy: Revenge of the Fury) to conspiracy theories (The Idealist) to your typical family style conflicts (Silent Heart). 
The Danish Embassy, on its third year since reopening, is driven to encourage the public to know more about Danish culture, traditions, interests, and basic way of living.   “We are eager to further develop our cultural links to the Philippines and give Filipinos the chance to experience some of our cultural expressions through film, music, painting, literature…. We believe by engaging with each other, we can inspire each other,” says Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines, Jan Top Christensen 

Each year, a number of films are shipped to the Embassy by the Danish Film Institute ( and automatically reserves the right for the Mission to screen them for FREE.  One of the most sustainable avenues for such to materialize is through the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Film Cultural Exchange Program and Shangri-la Plaza’s aim to host and promote cultures from all over the world in one venue.

Ambassador Jan Top Christensen: “Denmark has a long history of film making, going all the way back to silent movies. With the generous Government support system, Denmark has been able to profile itself, in spite of being a small nation with its own language only spoken by less than 6 million people. Danish film directors and actors and actresses again and again excel and win international prizes”  

One of the films to note during the festival is ‘Rosita’ where the well-known actress, Mercedes Cabral plays the role of a young Filipina who is arranged to meet a lonely middle-aged widower (Jens Albinus) in a small fishing town in Denmark. It gets interesting when Rosita becomes more acquainted with the son Johannes (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) while the inter-relationships turn out to be more complex than usual. 

Ambassador Jan Top Christensen: “In December 2015, we launched our First Danish Film Festival – and in spite of being in December with a fine result, creating the first interest in Danish films. Now we are able to launch it a better time of the year, so people better come early to be sure to get a seat. With a new load of films every year from the Danish Film Institute, we hope to see the audience growing year by year.”   

Other films to look out for are The Keeper of the Lost Causes (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), Sex Drugs and Taxation (Pilou Asbæk), The Hour of the Lynx (Sofie Gråbøl), Fear Me Not (Ulrich Thomsen), With Your Permission (Lars Brygmann), The Candidate (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), and Karla’s World (Elena Arndt-Jensen) 

The 2nd Danish Film Festival, in celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the Philippines, will be running from 29th of September until the 2nd of October 2016. 11 carefully selected films will be screened during the period, all for free. The purpose of the festival is to promote cultural exchange through cinema. The film festival was made possible by the Danish Film Institute, The Film Development Council of the Philippines, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shang Cineplex and the support of Arla Philippines, our official TV Partner ANC News Channel, and our media partners CinemaBravo, Art+, Expat Newspaper  

Movie Stills of Danish Films To Be Screened

From the film 'Antboy'

From the film 'Fear Me Not'

From the film 'Karla's World"

From the film 'Rosita'

From the film 'Sex, Drugs and Taxation'

From the film 'Silent Heart'

From the film 'The Candidate'

From the film 'The Hour of the Lynx'

From the film 'The Idealist'

From the film 'The Keeper of Lost Causes'

From the film 'With Your Permission'

 Danish Film Festival 2016 Schedule


Mercedes Cabral, Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen and FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño

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