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Danish Film Festival opens


ORGANISED by the Royal Danish Embassy Office in cooperation with the Danish Film Institute, The Keeper’s Causes will be held at Alliance Francaise in the Harare and will run today and tomorrow.

Tinashe Sibanda
Entertainment Reporter

The festival will feature four award-winning films which will be screened free of charge to all cinema enthusiasts over the two- day period.

Danish films have received international acclaim for their frankness, distinct visual style, technical innovation, realism and challenging storylines based on religious and moral themes which express the Danish culture and identity.

The Danish Royal Embassy in Harare head of mission, Erik Brogger Rasmussen, said the film festival would create new a platform for promoting stronger bilateral relations, understanding and cooperation between Zimbabwe and Denmark through interaction and culture.

“Denmark has a long and strong cinema tradition and has produced some of the world’s most renowned film directors, movies and actors.

This year’s event is a pilot project to introduce Danish cinema to the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The festival will open with the screening of the internationally- acclaimed and award-winning historical drama, A Royal Affair, directed by Nikolaj Arcel.
The movie received two Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Other entries to the festival include The Keeper of Lost Causes, a thriller directed by Mikkel Nørgaard (2013), Antboy (family viewing, 2013) directed by Ask Hasselbalch and a 2009 romantic drama entitled Love and Rage, directed by Morten Giese.

“Zimbabweans will benefit from culture exchange and promoting of understanding and cooperation between Zimbabwe and Denmark through culture,” said Rasmussen.
The Royal Danish Embassy said due to the limited seating in the auditorium at Alliance Francaise, attendance will be on a first come-first served basis and there is no facility for pre-booking seats.

One of the entries titled The Keeper of Lost Causes, directed by Mikkel Nørgaard (2013) is a tense and well-thought-out Danish thriller with a straightforward but engaging 97-minute narrative.

The plot is based on the first book in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling thriller series.

It tells the story of two policemen Carl Mørck and Assad who become involved in a five-year-old case concerning a missing woman, Merete.

Soon Carl and Assad are on a journey through Scandinavia’s darkest corners to find a psychopathic killer.

Following a shootout that left his two partners respectively dead and paralysed, chief detective Carl Mørck is assigned to the newly established Department Q, a department for old, terminated cases.

The department consists only of himself and his new assistant Assad.

Although they get explicit orders to only read and sort through the cases, only a single day passes before Carl’s stubborn nature throws them head first into the mystery of Merete Lynggaard’s disappearance; a beautiful female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry, the only witness her brain-damaged brother who was found on the car deck, screaming at the top of his lungs. The case was put to rest as an apparent suicide.

Unconvinced by this explanation, Carl and Assad venture on a journey that will take them deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that lurks beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia.

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