The line-up for the 14th edition of Copenhagen's NatFilm Festival (Mar 28-Apr 6) contains 143 features and documentaries, including many of the hottest titles from the recent Berlin Film Festival.
The full programme is due to be officially announced tonight (7 Mar) at a pre-launch party and screening of writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen's highly anticipated The Green Butchers
Josef Fares' colourfully unrealistic Swedish box-office hit Kops opens the festival, while Michael Winterbottom's Berlin Golden Bear winner In This World will close the event.
NatFilm is the biggest film event in Denmark with some 40,000 admissions, and boasts veteran Swedish actress Harriet Andersson as its cover star. The opening gala will also see the festival present its annual Natsvaermer Award, a US$3,700 (DKR25.000) prize for a young talent in Danish film. Previous winners include Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
The non-competitive NatFilm Festival's programme this year includes an extensive series of films from the Middle East as well as a series from India, South Korea, Japan and Thailand, including popular festival titles like Devdas, Tale Of A Naughty Girl, Mon-Rak Transistor, Blissfully Yours, Volcano High, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Takeshi Kitano's Dolls.
Other titles also screened at the recent Berlin festival are Gangs Of New York, Chicago, 25th Hour, Solaris, The Life Of David Gale and Hero as well as the highly praised German films Goodbye, Lenin! and Distant Lights.
Among the few Danish films with pre-release screenings during the festival are Nicolas Winding Refn's Sundance title Fear X, veteran Morten Arnfred's Move Me as well as Anders Thomas Jensen's The Green Butchers.
NatFilm is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harriet Andersson's breakthrough in Ingmar Bergman's Summer With Monika (1953), which is one of the many films from her long carrier screening at the event. Others include Bergman's classics like Sawdust And Tinsel (1953), Through A Glass Darkly (1961) and Cries And Whispers (1972).
Seven of the Berlin Film Festival's Shooting Stars - who are accompanying the screenings of their latest films - will meet the icon of Swedish cinema, who can next be seen in Lars von Trier's Dogville.
They are Iceland's Nina Dögg Filippusdottir (The Sea), Norway's Kristoffer Joner (Detector), Finland's Minna Haapkulä (Lovers & Leavers), Germany's Daniel Brühl (Goodbye, Lenin!), Austria's Maria Hofstätter (Dog Days), Portugal's Leonor Baldaque (That Uncertainty Principle) and Denmark's own Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Green Butchers).
At the closing ceremony on April 6, the festival in association with The Danish Film Institute, will hands out an Audience Award of US$14,800 (DKR100,000) to a film without a distribution deal in Denmark. The money goes to a distributor who must use it to release the film. Last year's winner was Lagaan.