Historical hits

11-06 2012


Much of Danish cinemas success in the recent years has been accredited to the advent of the Dogme95 Manifesto, signed by notabilities such as Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring.

The philosophy of authenticity that underlie the manifesto cast its shadows well into the new millennium with Danish films being known for a certain naturalistic atmosphere - at times almost Ibsenesque - focusing on the dilemmas of the modern individual, the Family and Society in general.

This year in Danish cinema has so far proven to broaden this image with the historical drama 'A Royal Affair' by Danish director Nikolaj Arcel being awarded a Silver Bear for best script in Berlin in February (Arcel co-wrote the film with screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg.)

And during the prestigious film Festival Karlovy Vary (June 29th through July 7th) Danish director Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis' WWII drama 'This Life (Hvidsten Gruppen) on the Danish resistance will have its international premiere.

That historical dramas are very well received by cinema-goers is proven by the fact that 'This Life' has just reached 750,000 tickets at the domestic box office thus making it by far the most popular Danish film on the domestic market. 'A Royal Affair' is currently in second place with well above half a million tickets sold. 

Chances are that ventures into the historical is the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Danish cinema.