All articles by Jacob Neiiendam

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    Unconscious (Inconscientes)

    2005-01-21T00:00:00Z

    Dir: Joaquin Oristrell.Sp-Port-Ger-It. 108mins. Spain's Joaquin Oristrelltakes time off from contemporary urban dramas and, with Unconscious ,delivers an attractive and witty mystery comedy that maintains its screwballenergy throughout. Although the elements ofperiod comedy, an unappealing title and foreign language might deter somebuyers from looking deeper into this delightful Sherlock Holmes-Meets-Freudpiece, ...

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    2004: Danes strike a serious tone

    2004-12-24T04:00:00Z

    The Danes struck a more serious tone in front of the camerain 2004, moving away from the tried-and-tested formula of contemporary familydrama with a touch of tragedy but plenty of heart and humour. Not every 'feel-bad' movie, including In YourHands and Aftermath , was embraced by local audiences. But ...

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    SWEDEN 21 December

    2004-12-21T00:00:00Z

    A slew of new releases hit the Swedish chart thisweekend, where Ocean's Twelve's all-star lineup unsurprisingly stole offwith the top spot. Its impressive $9,475 screen average on high 95 printsdwarfed all competition, but local newcomer Maria Blum did reasonably on secondwith a $3,324 average from 89 prints with her ...

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    Cultural minorities split the Nordic markets

    2004-12-20T04:00:00Z

    While minorities have longbeen a part of the daily lives in the Nordic region, they have had a hard timemaking an impression on the big screen.It is hardly surprising thatSweden has been the most open to filmmakers with foreign background, but nowNorway is catching up leaving Denmark as the most ...

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    Refn's Pusher II dominates Danish Oscar nods

    2004-12-16T04:00:00Z

    Nicolas Winding Refn's drama PusherII (With Blood on my Hands - Pusher II) bagged the most nominations forthe Danish Film Academy's ROBERT awards with 12 nods including best film,director, script and actor Mads Mikkelsen. However, Pusher II , which doesn't open locally until Dec 25, faces competition from other films ...

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    SWEDEN 13 December

    2004-12-13T00:00:00Z

    The new release of ThePolar Express only managed to swap places with Alexander on thirdplace at the Swedish box-office. While the epic dropped tofifth, the animated Express couldn't even match the box-office averageof chart topper Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason , local hit As It IsIn ...

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    Mandeville, Fuse to remake Danish comedy for Disney

    2004-12-08T05:00:00Z

    David Hoberman's Mandeville Films has joined MikkelBondesen's Fuse Entertainment in remaking the Danish romantic comedy OhHappy Day.Heather Hach (Freaky Friday) has been hired to do theEnglish-language rewrite, which will be a co-production between the Walt DisneyPictures label and the original Danish and UK producers at Fine & Mellowand Ugly Duckling, ...

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    The Oyster Farmer

    2004-12-07T00:00:00Z

    Dir/scr: Anna Reeves. Aust-UK. 2004. 91mins Australian newcomer Anna Reeves does little to changethe image of her countrymen or local cliches with Oyster Farmer , servingup the typical Aussie quirky characters, black humour, beer and sex in equalmeasure. It isn't the most attractive picture that writer-director Reeves paints of theisolated ...

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    SWEDEN 7 December

    2004-12-07T00:00:00Z

    Having OliverStone in town to promote Alexander didn't give the epic enough leverageto stay on top of the Swedish box-office chart, and it dropped heavily to thirdbehind Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and The Incredibles . The romanticcomedy retained a solid $4,832 screen average from its high ...

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    DENMARK 7 December

    2004-12-07T00:00:00Z

    Despite dropping some 37%Oliver Stone's Alexander epic managed to stay on top of the Danishbox-office chart in front of The Incredibles and Bridget Jones: TheEdge Of Reason , which swapped places on second and third. Alexander's DKK 30,591 box-office screen average wasconsiderably higher than its closest competitors ...

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    SWEDEN 2 December

    2004-12-02T00:00:00Z

    The critics might have givenOliver Stone's Alexander as cool a reception as in the States, but theepic nevertheless laid siege to the box-office across the region and conqueredthe top of the charts in Denmark, Sweden and Finland (it is released in Norwayon Dec 3). In Sweden, where Stonegraced the ...

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    Norwegian-Pakistani Goodfellas gets greenlight

    2004-11-29T04:00:00Z

    With a substantial $1.2m (NOK 7.5m) backing, the NorwegianFilm Fund has put the first Norwegian-Pakistani action movie on the fast trackfor veteran producer John M. Jacobsen's Filmkameratene. Izzat is the featuredebut of Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen, who wrote the script with Leon Bashir. The Goodfellas -like story follows Wasim and his ...

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    Silver City

    2004-11-29T00:00:00Z

    Dir/scr/ed: John Sayles.US. 2004. 128mins With his political satireslash noir murder mystery Silver City , American maverick John Saylesmight just have made his most commercial movie to date. While much of the film'stopicality, especially in the US, might have rested on last month's USelection, the return of George W Bush ...

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    Silver City

    2004-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Dir/scr/ed: John Sayles.US. 2004. 128mins With his political satireslash noir murder mystery Silver City , American maverick John Saylesmight just have made his most commercial movie to date. While much of the film'stopicality, especially in the US, might have rested on last month's USelection, the return of George W Bush ...

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    DENMARK 23 November

    2004-11-23T00:00:00Z

    The Incredibles only had one weekat the top of the Danish box-office before BridgetJones: The Edge Of Reason came and out grossed it with its DKK 2.58mopening from 65 prints - Working Title's biggest and Universal's third biggestever opening behind Van Helsing and Jurassic Park: The Lost ...

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    Cold Light dominates Icelandic Oscars

    2004-11-18T04:00:00Z

    Iceland's official Oscar candidate, Hilmar Oddsson's ColdLight , swept the country's film awards, the EDDA, on Sunday night inReykjavik. The psychological drama took both acting prizes, best actor (Ingvar Sigurdsson) and best supporting actor/actress (KristbjorgKjeld), and best cinematography(Sigurdur Sverrir Palsson) as well as best director and film. The Icelandic Academy ...

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    TLA Releasing acquires NonStop's UNO

    2004-11-18T04:00:00Z

    Nordic sales outfit NonStop Sales has sold two of itstitles, UNO and Slim Susie , to the US. Both deals were concludedat this month's AFM. Norwegianactor Aksel Hennie's directing debut UNO secured a US distribution dealwith Philadelphia-based TLA Releasing. "UNOis an exciting and unexpected blend of art film, ...

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    FINLAND 18 November

    2004-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Like thepopular preview screenings of TheIncredibles indicated on the chart last week, the Finns were ready towelcome the superfamily to the top of the box-office, where it grossed a strongEuro 216,922 over the weekend. It had aEuro 3,740 screen average from its 58 prints, and did not leave much ...

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    Nordic Council to award annual film prize

    2004-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Two years afterawarding a film prize for the first time at its 50th anniversary gala, theNordic Council has decided to make the Nordic Film Prize an annual event. The $61,000(DKK350,000) prize will be awarded to a film which is 'embedded in Nordic culture,and stands out artistically as a single rounded ...

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    Day And Night disqualified from Swedish awards

    2004-11-16T04:00:00Z

    Danish writer-director Simon Staho's Swedish-languagearthouse hit Day And Night has hit a serious snag on its way to Sweden'snational film awards. Lauded by Swedish critics and starring a number of thecountry's biggest stars including Mikael Persbrandt, Pernilla August, MichaelNyqvist, Lena Endre and Fares Fares, the film has nevertheless beendisqualified ...