Danish Cinema

The DIS Library recommends the following Danish films available in our collection:

ADAMS ÆBLER (“Adam’s Apples”) by Anders Thomas Jensen (2005)
A neo-Nazi criminal freshly released from prison is ordered to do  community service under the supervision of a pastor in a small village parish. As strange as Danish comedy gets.

ANTICHRIST by Lars von Trier (2009)
A grieving couple retreats to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. The film ade waves in the States for the incredibly graphic violence depicted

ARVEN (“The Inheritance”) by Per Fly (2009)
Second in a Trilogy (1. Bænken, 2.  Arven, 3. Drabet)
A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry.

THE BEST OF VICTOR BORGE starring Victor Borge (1990)
Live performances by the pianist, comedian and conducted dubbed “The Great Dane.”

BROEN (“The Bridge”) Danish/Swedish TV Series (2011)
When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer. Two seasons.

BORGEN (“Parliament”) Danish TV Series (2010)
An hour political drama, it tells the story of a charismatic politician, Birgitte Nyborg, who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. “Borgen” (“the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. Three seasons.

BÆNKEN (“The Bench”) by Per Fly (2000)
First in a Trilogy (1. Bænken, 2. Arven, 3. Drabet)
Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. He and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj’s life sedentary life turns upside down when a young woman and her child moves in next door to him.

BREAKING THE WAVES by Lars von Trier (1996)
Jan is paralyzed in an accident at work on an oilrig. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more so when Jan urges her to have sex with another. Lead actress Emily Watson was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the film.

BRØDRE (Brothers) by Susanne Bier (2004)
Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. Remade in Hollywood in 2009.

COPENHAGEN by Howard Davies (2002)
The story of the meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen in 1941, probing Heisenberg’s role in the German atomic bomb program during World War II. A British television adaptation of an award-winning play.

DANCER IN THE DARK by Lars von Trier (2000)
An east European girl, suffering from a horrible disease, goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. Starring Björk and Catherine Deneuve.

DE GRØNNE SLAGTERE (“The Green Butchers”) by Anders Thomas Jensen (2003)
A black comedy featuring two butchers, Svend “Sweat” and Bjarne, who start their own shop to get away from their arrogant boss. They manage to find success but only when they begin using some unusual ingredients.

DEN ENSTE ENE (“The One and Only”) by Susanne Bier (1999)
This romantic comedy follows two couples in Copenhagen trying to settle down. The action begins when handyman Niller comes to install Sus’s new kitchen one day and their immediate crush becomes a sweet escape from both of their problematic relationships.

DEN SOM DRÆBER (Those Who Kill)broadcasted on TV2 (2011)
A series that follows a fictitious unit within Copenhagen Police that specializes in investigating serial murders. One Season.

DET FORSØMTE FORÅR (“Stolen Spring”) by Peter Schrøder (1993)
At their 25th high-school anniversary, a group of bourgeois citizens remember their time at school as a happy one, though in reality it was quite the contrary. As the film progresses it is revealed that their high school was a madhouse where teachers tormented the students, eventually driving one of them to become a murderer. Subtitled. Psychological Drama.

DRABET (Manslaughter) by Per Fly (2005)
Third in a trilogy (1. Bænken, 2. Arven, 3. Drabet)
A college professor abandons his family and his career in order to champion his mistress, a student radical accused of killing a policeman.

DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn (2011)
A film about a mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman, and a getaway driver. An English-language film starring Ryan Gosling.

DRØMMEN (“We Shall Overcome”) by Niels Ander Oplev (2006)
A drama about a boy who is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to challenge repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark. The story is based on actual events.

EFTER BRYLLUPPET (“After the Wedding”) by Susanne Bier (2006)
The manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen where he discovers a life-altering family secret. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2007; starring Mads Mikkelsen.

EN KORT EN LANG (“Shake It”) by Hella Joof (2001)
Jacob is a young man used to getting everything he wants. For several years, he has been living in a happy homosexual partnership with Jørgen; one night Jacob decides to pop the “big question” and asks Jørgen to marry him. Jørgen happily accepts, though shortly after the unexpected happens: Jacob falls in love with a girl.

FESTEN (“The Celebration”) by Thomas Vinterberg (1998) (Dogme Movie)
An easy description of Festen, one of the most important Danish films of all time, would be that at matriarch Helge’s 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. It would be quite an understatement.

FLAMMEN OG CITRON (“Flame & Citron”) by Ole Christian Madsen (2008)
A drama centered on two fighters in the “Holger Danske” World War II resistance group.

FORBRYDELSEN (“THE KILLING”) Danish TV Series (2007)
The series is set in the Copenhagen main police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day with a one-hour episode covering twenty-four hours of the investigation. Three seasons.

FRUGTELIG LYKKELIG (“Terribly Happy”) by Henrik Ruben Genz (2008)
A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Niels Arden Oplev (2009)
This adaptation of the Swedish Novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander.

HÆVNEN (“In a Better World”) by Susanne Bier (2010)
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2011.

HVISTEN GRUPPEN (This Life) by Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis (2012)
The true story of the Fiil’s a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany’s occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.

IDIOTERNE (“The Idiots”) by Lars von Trier (1998)
A group of people gather at the house in a Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the “inner idiot” in themselves. Dogme movie.

ITALIENSK FOR BEGYNDERE (“Italian for Beginners”) by Lone Scherfig (2000)
A dramatic comedy featuring several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb in Denmark who use a beginner’s course in Italian as a platform to bring romance into their lives. Dogme movie.

JAGTEN (The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg (2012)
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Starring Mads Mikkelsen.

KAPRICINGEN by Tobias Lindholm (2012)
The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

KONGEKABALE (“King’s Game”) by Nikolaj Arcel (2004)
A political/conspiracy thriller about the poisonous (and illegal) lengths politicians will go to snake their way to the top.

MARIE KRØYER by Bille August (2012)
The story of the marriage between the painters Marie and P.S. Krøyer.

MELANCHOLIA by Lars von Trier (2011)
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the Earth. An English language film starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

MIFUNES SIDSTE SANG (“Mifune”) by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen (1999)
Two people, a man running away from family responsibility and a prostitute named Liva, seperaetly decide to try to escape their lives. But running away from one’s past isn’t as easy as they think. Dogme movie.

NORDKRAFT (“Angels in Fast Motion”) by Ole Christian Madsen (2005)
A drama following the fate of three youthful people in their twenties, as they each fight a personal battle with drugs that weaves together three distinct storylines.

OH HAPPY DAY by Hella Joof (2004)
A Baptist preacher from Harlem gets stranded in a provincial Danish town, after a bus accident with his touring gospel choir. Alone amidst suspicious Danes, he teaches the local church choir to sing gospel music and touches the life of one bored housewife.

PUSHER by Nicolas Winding Refn (1996)
Frank is a drug dealer on a roll until he makes a huge deal with dope that he hasn’t payed for, and he gets busted by the police. The movie follows Frank in his quest to raise money in the underworld of Copenhagen. The first film in a trilogy and the debut film of Refn.

R by Michael Noer (2010)
The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he’s a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward. R also stands for Rachid, a young Muslim prisoner who becomes Rune’s friend and accomplice, defying the rigid racial stratifications among the inmates.

RIGET I & II (“The Kingdom”) by Lars von Trier (1994)
The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff’s faith in science.

A ROYAL AFFAIR by Nikolaj Arcel (2012)
The true story, set in the 18th century, of the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark, whose wife, Caroline Matilda of Great Britain begins an affair with his radical royal physician Struensee. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2012.

SUBMARINO by Thomas Vinterberg (2010)
Two brothers meet at their mother’s funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

TERKEL I KNIBE (“Terkel in Trouble”) by Kristian Vesbjerg Andersen (2004)
An animated film about Torkel, an average teenager, whose life takes a turn for the worse when a girl who had a crush on him kills herself and an unknown maniac starts stalking him.

TO VERDERNER (“Two Witnesses”) by Niels Arden Oplev (2008)
The daughter of a Jehovah’s Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.