GUIDE: Danish Film Festival 2016

Now on its second year, Danish Film Festival will run from September 29 to October 2 at the Shang Cineplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

The film fest is in celebration of 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Denmark and the Philippines.


Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before every screening. Simply fall in line on the designated lanes at the cineplex.

Gala screening

Opening the festival is the invitational screening of Rosita on the eve of September 29. The film stars well-known actress Mercedes Cabral who 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.

Screening schedule


Featured films

Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury

In the sequel Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury, superhero Antboy finds his world thrown back into danger as a mysterious invisible enemy makes herself known as the Red Fury along with a band of new super villains. If that wasn’t bad enough, two-faced, new boy in school Christian even tries to steal away his crush.

The Candidate

The Candidate is about defense attorney, Jonas Bechmann, who is accused of murder. As he hunts for the group of blackmailers who are threatening to expose him as the killer, he finds links to his father’s death under mysterious circumstances.

Fear Me Not

Fear Me Not is a story of a man losing control over his own actions. Michael signs up for the clinical trial of a new anti-depressant. The trial was stopped as the pills turn out to have serious side effects, but Michael refused to give up his new-found sense of calm and self-control which the pills provided. As he continues with the experiment, his psychological games become more drastic and his actions even more terrifying.

The Idealist

The Idealist is based on the 1968 nuclear crash in the US Military Air Base at Thule, Greenland. The case was dismissed as an accident, but 18 years later,  a local reporter runs into suspicious circumstances that link back to the crash. This political thriller is a gripping film about uncovering the truth behind one of the government’s well-kept secrets. 

Karla’s World

Karla’s World shows how 10-year old Karla tries to get her whole family together for Christmas although it’s not easy, because her parents are divorced and her two obnoxious yet inventive younger brothers are always acting up.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, chief detective Carl Mǿrck is assigned to Department Q, the newest department that handles old, terminated cases and there he meets his new assistant Assad. Although they were tasked to only read and sort through cases, Carl’s stubborn nature throws them headfirst to solve the mysterious disappearance of female politician, Merete Lynggaard.


Rosita is about a young Filipina who travels to Denmark to work as a translator for the middle-aged widower Ulrik. Rosita and Ulrik’s son, Johannes, start to grow more and more attracted to each other which forces Johannes to take responsibility for his dreams and his future.

Sex, Drugs & Taxation

Sex, Drugs & Taxation tells the tale of Simon Spies and Mogens Glistrup’s friendship through the years filled with warmth, humor, defiance and eccentricity. The film is a joyride through taxation, mass travel, hookers and politics.

Silent Heart

Award-winning film director, Bille August, explores the dynamic of a family in an extraordinary situation in his film, the Silent Heart. The family’s matriarch is diagnosed with a severe illness, and before it worsens, she expresses her desire to end her life and gathers her entire family to celebrate one last weekend together.

The Hour of the Lynx

In The Hour of the Lynx, the priest Helen is approached by scientist Lisbeth to help a young man imprisoned in a high security psychiatric ward after being convicted of murder. Fearing that he might attempt suicide again, the priest and scientist begin a journey that takes them deeper into the sick mind of a young man’s soul.

With Your Permission

The life of Jan and his struggles at work and in his marriage that’s on the verge of breakdown is at the center of film With Your Permission. When Jan is sent to group therapy by his boss, he forms an unlikely friendship with mechanics Rudy and Alf. Had he and wife Bente known what Rudy and Alf were really up to, they would never have welcomed them into their home.

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 Cinema Bravo, Art+, Expat Newspaper.

For inquiries, call Shangri-La Plaza at 370-2597 or 98.

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