FOOD CLUB – Review by Lois Alter Mark

If we weren’t grounded at home because of a pandemic and if we hadn’t all become smitten with Stanley Tucci during our weekly trips to Italy with him, I might have just written off Food Club. But we are and we have, and you could do worse than spend an hour and a half with these middle-aged Danish gal pals as they drown their sorrows at a cooking retreat in Puglia.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While not as famous as his fellow Danish auteur Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg has been making compelling and arguably more diverse movies than his more controversial colleague for thirty years. Starring Danish screen legend Mads Mikkelsen as Martin, Another Round is a sparky yet oddly melancholy comedy about men, masculinity and that old devil, booze.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Diane Carson

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is a film at war with itself. On the one hand, it warns against the negative effects and dire professional and personal consequences of daily, increasing alcohol consumption. On the other hand, it celebrates the joyful camaraderie and liberating abandon drinking brings. As alarming, the setup comes with a scientific overlay.

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Sydney FF 2019: QUEEN OF HEARTS – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Women directors exploring romantic relationships between grown women and boys is hardly new. While unarguably a part of this tradition, Danish filmmaker May el-Toukhy’s Queen of Hearts is a gut-wrenching and ethically confronting film that hinges on a woman lawyer called Anne whose job is to fight for the rights for abused children and young people. As we discover, this profession lies in uneasy proximity to her status as a sexual predator who has seduced her teenage stepson

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2015: Susanne Bier, Director

bier9headSusanne Bier’s In A Better World won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011, putting her on Hollywood’s A-List. But transitioning from Copenhagen to Hollywood has been challenging. Bier’s Hollywood-honed Serena opened in March, 2015. after a two-year delay. Her extraordinary talent and unstoppable persistence put Bier in our April SPOTLIGHT. Read on…

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