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Scandinavian/Nordic Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Danish Titles

Danish Titles

Adams Æbler = Adam's Apple
"Ivan, an unusually optimistic preacher, takes in convicts to help around the remote, rural church to which he ministers. One of his helpers, Adam, is a vicious neo-Nazi serving community service time. Grasping the extent of Ivan's preternatutal determination to look on the bright side of everything, Adam decides to shake Ivan out of his rose-colored world."

Applause
"Critically acclaimed alcoholic actress Thea Barfoed has gone through turmoil, resulting in a divorce and the loss of custody of her two boys. Eager to break with the past, regain control over her life, and get her children back, she uses charm and manipulation to persuade her ex-husband, Christian, that she is able to take back the mantle of motherhood. But ironically, she has not completely convinced herself."

Arvingerne = The Legacy
"The serial plays out at the legendary manor Grønnegaard, southern Funen, where the internationally renowned artist Veronika Grønnegaard has lived an eccentric and colorful life since the wild sixties. The serial follows Veronika's four adult children whose free and chaotic childhood at Grønnegaard has left its mark on them in very different ways. They live scattered to the four winds until Veronika dies and they gather to wind up the estate. Just before she dies, Veronika leaves the manor to her daughter Signe, who was given up for adoption. Signe lives with her partner in a quiet residential area in the local town...

Babettes gæstebud = Babette's Feast
"At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark."

Blinkende lygter = Flickering lights
"Four childhood buddies, whose only redeeming value is that they only know how to mess up any crime they try to commit. These buddies, dispatched by a mob boss to rob a diplomat, decide to take the money and run. After their van breaks down, they decide to take refuge in an abandoned builiding. Their leader, tired of being a criminal, decides to buy the building and open a restaurant and somehow they manage to unite and are able to turn their lives around."

Broderskab
"Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered."

The Charmer = al-saahir
"..is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him."

Day of Wrath
"Anna, the young wife of a much older paster, falls in love with her stepson."

Efter brylluppet = After the Wedding
"Jacob, a Danish expatriate, runs a struggling orphanage in one of India's poorest regions. Desperate to save the orphanage from closing, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. Jorgen invites Jacob to his daughter's wedding, seemingly as a friendly gesture, but the terminally ill Jorgen is also trying to find a new husband for his wife Helene. When Jacob meets Helene, he recognizes her as a person from a past he is trying to forget. The wedding invitation leads to a devastating series of surprises that change Jacob's life and force him to make a bitter choice."

Festen = The Celebration
"The family and friends of prominent Danish patriarch Helge Klingenfeldt gather at his country estate to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Two months prior to this event, Helge's daughter committed suicide. Her twin brother, Christian, makes a birthday toast that brings a barrage of family secrets out into the open."

Flammen & Citronen
"Copenhagen, 1944. The exploits of Flame and Citron, a duo of assassins with the Danish resistance movement are becoming legendary. They begin by dispatching Danish collaborators and graduate to the occupying Nazis, after which the SS puts bounties on their heads. Their ultimate goal: Gestapo commandant Karl Heinz Hoffmann. As loyal Danes with a hatred of the Nazi occupation, they kill Danes who are collaborating. Flame seems empowered by killing, growing ever more reckless with his tactics. Citron's dread increases almost hourly, as the running, hiding, and furtive meetings with his estranged wife gnaws at his soul. Who can they trust? Who is giving their orders? What if there has been insidious infiltration and their skills are being misused? For these good men, resistance isn't futile, but it does come with its own terrible cost."

Frygtelig Iykkelig = Terribly Happy
"Set to take up the mysteriously vacated job of town marshal, Robert quickly finds himself mixed up in a community governed by its own rules. Robert's big-city temperament makes it impossible for him to fit in, or to understand the uncivilized behavior displayed by the townspeople: the sultry blond femme fatale, the ten-gallon hat and bolo-wearing town bully, and the sinister doctor with a penchant for maniacal cackling."

Gertrud
"A woman leaves her unfulfilling marriage and embarks on a search for ideal love - but neither a passionate affair nor the return to an old romance can provide the answer she seeks."

De Grønne slagtere = The Green Butchers
"Two pals decide to open their own butcher shop. Grappling with a competitive market and an evil ex-boss, the two come up with a special dish that suddenly has everyone flocking to their counter - and dying for more."

The Guilty
"Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought."

Holiday
"Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the 'family' of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone."

In a Better World
"The lives of two Danish families will become entwined when their sons develop an extraordinary but risky friendship. Unfortunately, loneliness, frailty, and sorrow lie in wait."

Jagten = The Hunt
"Lucas is a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity."

Kærlighed på film = Just Another Love Story
"After Jonas unintentionally causes a car accident that leaves Julia crippled with amnesia, he's compelled to visit her in the hospital. But when Julia's family mistakes him for her old boyfriend Sebastian, Jonas readily steps into the role. Jonas immediately falls for Julia and becomes enlivened by his new identity. Until the day her memories return."

Klovn, the Movie
"....follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos, unspeakable debaucheries and absurd sexual encounters. Misguided Frank kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential while the sex-driven Casper is determined to visit a world-renowned brothel."

En kongelig affære
"The passionate and forbidden romance between Johann Friedrich Struensee, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen Caroline Mathilda, wife of the mad Danish king Christian VII, leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation."

Medea
"Medea seeks vengeance against Jason after he betrays her in a search for the golden fleece."

Ordet
"A farmers family is torn apart by faith, sanctity, and love. A challenge to simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy."

R
"The prisoner R arrives at Denmark's toughest prison where he is to serve his sentence for a violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, and just another inmate. The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A world in which bars cover the windows and blood stains the floor. R is placed in the most hardcore ward. Here he must find his place in the system, learn to navigate, and fight for survival."

Speed Walking
"In a quirky, small town situated on the outskirts of everything, fourteen-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; the communion. It's 1976, music's in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all, Martin's mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that not only change Martin's life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community."

Submarino
"After surviving a childhood plagued by violence and despair, two estranged brothers, one a hardened criminal, the other an addict, find their lives haunted in different ways."

10 timer til paradis
"Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year old body builder who would like to find true love, has never had a girlfriend and lives with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a woman from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a visit to Pattaya as it seems love is easier to find there. Knowing his mother would never accept another woman in his life, he lies and tells her he is going to Germany for a competition. Pattaya turns out to be a cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls shatter his naive picture of what love should be like. He is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the woman of his dreams."

To verdener = Worlds Apart
"Sara is an intelligent and devout 17-year-old Jehovah s Witness who passionately pursues her religion's teachings. But when she falls in love with older boy and non-believer Teis, Sara is forced to choose between the desire she feels and the faith that forbids it. In a family torn apart by sin and salvation, can a teenage girl discover the courage to change her life forever?"

Vinterbrødre
"Set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter, the film follows two brothers. The younger brother Emil distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. Emil is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey."