GUIDE: Danish Film Festival 2017

The third edition of Danish Film Festival will run from October 19 to 22 at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Embassy of Denmark is proud to announce the return of Danish Film Festival. This year, the event will feature 11 films holding an earnest collection of contemporary and award-winning films of the previous years.

Admission

The 3rd Danish Film Festival is free admission and open to the public. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are distributed at the cinema area 30 minutes before every screening.

Featured Films

  • The Commune ⎜ Thomas Vinterberg, 2016
  • Long Story Short ⎜ May El-Toukhy, 2015
  • Key House Mirror ⎜ Michael Noer, 2015
  • Going to School ⎜ Frederik Meldal Nørgaard, 2015
  • Iqbal Farooq and the Secret Recipe ⎜ Tilde Harkamp, 2015
  • The Sunfish ⎜ Søren Balle, 2014
  • Northwest ⎜ Michael Noer, 2013
  • White Knight ⎜ Jannik Johansen, 2007
  • Fighter ⎜ Natasha Arthy, 2007
  • Echo ⎜ Anders Morgenthaler, 2007
  • After the Wedding ⎜ Susanne Bier, 2005

“From the inaugural DFF (2015) up until the 2nd (2016), there was a substantial increase of 51% in attendees, which is indicative of a great interest of the Filipino people in Danish cinema,” says Cultural Affairs Officer, Angelo Cruz. “The Embassy of Denmark prides itself in its continuous efforts in propagating Danish films to the Philippine audience and market. The results from previous years prove that there is demand for films that veer away from the typical rise-climax-fall narrative which, for just reasons, is what is most familiar to the general public.”

“We are eager to continue developing our social and cultural links to the Philippines and give Filipinos the chance to learn about some of our social, political and cultural characteristics through film, music, painting, literature…. We believe by engaging with each other, we can inspire each other and develop together. I look forward to seeing a crowd at our film screenings in October,” says Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines, Jan Top Christensen.

Screening Schedules

The selection and screening of films are made possible by The Danish Film Institute, TrustNordisk, Shang Cineplex, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines through their Film Cultural Exchange Program. Brought to you by Arla; media partners Expat Philippines, art+, Cinema Bravo; and official TV partner, ANC News Channel.

Ryan Gosling unearths a mystery in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

In Columbia Pictures’ futuristic action-thriller Blade Runner 2049, Academy Award-nominee Ryan Gosling stars as LAPD Officer K who is sent on an assignment that could have far-reaching consequences—calling into doubt the divide between people and replicants, between humanity and technology, which could lead to anarchy or even war.

The highly awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1980s original classic, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Oscar-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival).

Gosling remarks, “The original film is haunting; it’s hard to shake. It asks you to look at your idea of what it means to be human, and it makes you weigh your ability to recognize the hero from the villain. It’s a nightmarish vision of the future that’s somehow grounded and feels possible, and yet it’s presented in this romantic, dreamlike way that sticks with you. Time has proven its specialness.”

Gosling says his interest in the project was piqued upon learning something was in the works. “When I heard that Ridley was considering continuing the narrative, I was already invested; I already wanted to know what happened next. And then, given the chance to enter that world and help tell that story…it just felt like an amazing opportunity.”

The actor goes on to relate that the world in which we find his character “has become a much tougher and more isolated place than the one we left 30 years ago. As a result, the blade runner profession has become more complicated. When we first meet K, he is deep in the throes of that isolation and those complications.

“In the beginning of the film,” Gosling continues, “it’s a day like any other: K has been sent to ‘retire’ an old-model replicant. But in the process, he unintentionally unearths a mystery that ultimately makes him question everything he thought he knew.”

Villeneuve observes, “K has a very hard life and is a very lonely character. He has the worst job on Earth, but, unexpectedly, out of his latest assignment, comes a dream…a desire so strong that it will blind him. And I thought that was quite a beautiful arc.

“When I read the screenplay,” the director adds, “Ryan Gosling had already been suggested for the role of K, and I said yes immediately. There could be no one else. He is an actor who can express a world of emotion just moving an eyebrow. I needed an actor of extreme intelligence and the kind of strength to go through the darkness. Ryan’s passion and his relentless efforts in making sure we nailed every scene deeply moved me because I felt it was as important to him as it was to me to make a great movie together.”

The chorus of voices suggesting Gosling for K also included the actor who starred in Blade Runner: Harrison Ford. “I thought K would be a good part for Ryan and was very enthusiastic about proposing that to the producers. And they said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what we were thinking, too,’ so I was very happy about that. I very much enjoyed working with Ryan in the film. He brings an originality to everything he does and an intelligence, but you don’t see the wheels turning. He inhabits a character rather than struggles to create it.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas and IMAX on Friday, October 6, Blade Runner 2049 is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Wake, die, repeat in slasher film ‘Happy Death Day’

What will you do if you can repeat a day in your life over and over again just to find out who killed you?

Multiple films across various genres have elegantly pulled off the time loop element—from Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow to Richard Curtis’ About Time. Now, time-bending gets tackled anew with surprising results in Universal Pictures’ suspense-thriller Happy Death Day.

(Check out the film’s trailer below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas October 18, 2017.)

A veteran of penning unpredictable screenplays such as Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2, Christopher Landon moved into the writer/director’s chair for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. A filmmaker who has long shown a knack for staying away from disposable horror films, Landon is drawn to stories that hold a mirror up to society and simultaneously entertain and challenge his audiences.

Once he was presented with Scott Lobdell’s story of Happy Death Day, the director couldn’t help but think of a certain 1993 time-loop classic: “When I read the script, I had the immediate reaction that everybody does: ‘This is the horror-movie version of Groundhog Day! Why has this not been done before?’” he asks. “That was when the light bulb turned on, because the concept alone was a slam dunk to me—it was just really clever.”

Landon reflects on the challenges of a lead character reliving the same day repeatedly: “When you have to keep experiencing the same day over and over again, it is easy to fall into a trap. We establish the day and then we repeat it, so that the audience and the character understand what is happening. Once we do those things, we immediately take Tree off course. She starts to try to outsmart her own death—and in doing so—the story takes the audience to different places and gives them unexpected experiences.”

Known for his innovative work on Marvel Comics’ X-Men titles (“Daredevil,” “Fantastic Four”), Lobdell offers that it was his aim to craft a story in which the lead had to solve her own murder. The writer explains: “Most teen slasher movies feature a series of victims being picked off throughout—once you are terrorized and killed you are never heard from again. I was interested in the idea of a character who gets to react to her death—one who can stalk her killer and who is given to opportunity to make the most of the last day of her life.”

Landon offers that what appealed to him about making this project his next one is that the story represents equal parts humor and terror: “Our scares are scares, people definitely jump and scream, but the laughs are big, too. Comedy and horror, even though they make strange bedfellows, have a lot in common. The lay-up for a scare is very similar to the lay-up for a joke. If you are able to find the rhythm where you able to scare and then to make laugh—and continue to rotate between those two things—it is a lot of fun for the audience.”

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki in Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Tom Hiddleston was last seen as Loki four years ago, and now he returns with his golden horns in Thor: Ragnarok, opening in Philippine cinemas on October 25, 2017.

On the set of Thor: Ragnarok, Hiddleston talked about the adopted son of Odin, and the many complex relationships that happen to revolve around the trickster’s mercurial spirit.

“The opposite of love is not hate but indifference,” Hiddleston discussed how Thor being indifferent to Loki is troubling for the character from a familial point of view. “That’s a defining feature of his character. I don’t belong in the family; I hate my brother. And the idea his brother’s like, yeah, whatever, it’s an interesting development.”

“The two of them are placed in such an extraordinary situation where everything is unfamiliar; that their familiarity, literally, as family members becomes important.” The now famous scene from the teaser trailer of the Asgardian brothers fighting side by side shows how the siblings seem to have come terms—at least temporarily—with their complicated relationship.

“Loki’s feelings towards his family members are complex, to say the least,” Hiddleston reflected on the first film. “The moment of Thor’s ascension, he finds out he doesn’t belong there at all. I never conceived of Loki’s emotional connections to Odin or Thor as malevolent. He just wants to have a go on the throne, which he does.”

When it comes to complex relationships, Hulk knows a thing or two about burying your feelings. The big green guy is added to the mix in Ragnarok and Hiddleston thinks fans are going to enjoy their interaction, “In The Avengers, Hulk and Loki never really had a conversation. It was more, more of a physical meeting, an extended group hug, shall we say,” joked Hiddleston. “So it’s fun when the two of them meet.”

Finally, there’s a new villain in town and her name is Hela, “The goddess of death shows up and the stakes are high, for everybody,” said Hiddleston. “Loki perhaps more than ever, is challenged to define himself in the face of that threat.”

Regarding the dynamic between Loki and Hela, Hiddleston said, “It’s about them recognizing each other; recognizing that we prefer anarchy to order; recognizing that chaos is more fun, if a little exhausting; recognizing the aesthetic value of green capes. The inimitable elegances of a headdress—if you’re gonna be bad, you might as well be bad with style.”

Speaking of style, perhaps Loki’s relationship vulnerability is manifesting itself in his wardrobe? When asked about Loki’s multiple costume changes, Hiddleston pondered Loki’s Pretty Woman moment, “In my head, Jeff Goldblum takes Loki out to Rodeo Drive and says, pick the finest fabric you can find; let’s fashion your suit.” If this isn’t a cry for an Asgardian version of Project Runway, then this is a real missed opportunity.

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines).