Perfect Sense, formerly known as The Last Word, is a 2011 science fiction drama film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson, starring Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. Scenes were shot in locations around Glasgow, Mexico City. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, an epidemic begins to spread throughout the globe, causing humankind to lose their sensory perceptions one by one. The two meet and get to each other as the epidemic progresses, a relationship which soon turns to love. Humans begin to lose their senses one at a time, each loss is preceded by an outburst of an intense feeling or urge. First, people begin suffering uncontrollable bouts of crying and this is followed by the loss of their sense of smell. An outbreak of panic and anxiety, closely followed by a bout of frenzied gluttony. The film depicts people trying to adapt to loss and trying to carry on living as best they can. Michael and his co-workers do their best to cook food for people who cannot smell nor taste, the loss of hearing comes next and is accompanied by an outbreak of extreme anger and rage.
Michael experiences it first and is verbally abusive at Susan who flees in fear, despite her knowledge that it was the disease that caused the outburst, Susan cannot face Michael again. People struggle to adjust and to go on living, one day, every person on Earth suddenly experiences a feeling of joyful euphoria. Susan realizes she both forgives and still loves Michael and rushes to his job, the two find each other and embrace just as they, and the rest of the world, become blind. Rotten Tomatoes has the film ranked at 52%, the film opened at 59 cinemas on its domestic release grossing £21,675 for the weekend 7–9 October 2011. Perfect Sense at the Internet Movie Database Perfect Sense on Facebook Perfect Sense on Twitter
The Hunt (2012 film)
The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film was screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and it won the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize. The film was selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards and it was nominated in the same category at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. Lucas is a kindergarten teacher in a close-knit Danish community. Divorced, he struggles to maintain a relationship with his son, who lives with his ex-wife. Lucas coworker Nadja makes advances towards him and eventually becomes his girlfriend, one of Lucas students is Klara, the daughter of his best friend Theo. She has a crush on Lucas, and one day she puts a heart-shaped ornament into his coat pocket, after Lucas rebuffs the kiss, Klaras feelings are hurt. Drawing on a memory of a picture her older brother showed her. The director asks Klara leading questions, and the girl gives unclear testimony against Lucas, the adults in the community believe the directors story of abuse, dismissing Klaras contradictions as denial.
Lucas is shunned by the community as a pedophile and sexual predator and his friendship with Theo and his relationship with Nadja are destroyed, and his son is publicly ostracised. The kindergarten staff ask leading questions of the children, who say they were abused. However, the childrens accounts involve Lucas abusing them in his basement, after a hearing, he is released without charge. The community is still suspicious of Lucas and the turns to violence. Someone kills his dog, while another assailant throws a stone through his window, when he goes grocery shopping, the grocery store employees attack him. On Christmas Eve, Lucas confronts Theo during a church service. Later, Theo overhears Klara apologizing to Lucas as she drifts off to sleep and he realizes that Lucas is innocent, and he visits him on Christmas Day with food and alcohol as a peace offering. A year later, tensions in the community have lessened and Nadja are in a relationship again, and Lucas son is accepted into the local hunting society as an adult.
On a hunting expedition to commemorate the event, an unseen person shoots at Lucas
Erika Lust is a Swedish erotic film director and producer. Alongside others such as Petra Joy and Anna Span, Lust has been instrumental in promoting the aims of the feminist pornography movement and she lives and works in Barcelona. Her film Cabaret Desire won her the Feminist Porn Award for Movie of the Year in 2012 and it won the Cinekink Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature. The first two compilations of her XConfessions series have won her the Feminist Porn Awards for Hottest Straight Vignette in 2014 and 2015 respectively, in 2015, A theatrical cut of XConfessions was screened at Chicago International Film Festival and at Raindance Film Festival in London. Lust was born Erika Hallqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977 and she harboured a passion for film and theatre. She went to Lund University, where she studied Political Sciences, while there, she came across Linda Williams 1989 book Hard Core, Power and the Frenzy of the Visible, which came to strongly influence her filmmaking.
She cites Jean Jacques Annauds The Lover as a source of inspiration and she graduated with a BA in 1999, with a specialization in human rights and feminism. She moved to Barcelona in 2000, where she worked in production houses, Lust shot her first film, the explicit short The Good Girl, in 2004. It was released for free on the internet and downloaded over 2 million times in the first month, the film was shown at the Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival the next year and won her a Ninfa Award. In 2005, after initial success, she founded her video production company Lust Films. The company has produced short films and compilations steadily from on. Five Hot Stories For Her, an anthology of five vignettes including The Good Girl, since she has been a regular on the adult cinema festival circuit. Erika Lusts films are characterized by carefully cast actors and high standards of production in adult film, Erika Lust believes explicit film can be an educational tool besides being pleasurable and can help us better understand our sexuality, to live more freely and naturally.
She hopes to influence viewers conceptions of gender roles in sexuality and she considers pornography to be the most important discourse on gender and sexuality. In 2010, Lust opened an online erotic cinema called Lust Cinema, exhibiting her own films, Erika Lust started the first crowdsourced project in the history of adult cinema in 2013, calling it XConfessions. It has become her main source of work in recent years and she runs an online store offering her books and films, as well as sex toys and other erotic wares. Her company Lust Productions now has 12 employees and she has written several books on eroticism and sexuality. Her book Good Porn was published in 2009 by Seal Press, in December 2014, Erika Lust hosted a TED-talk at TEDxVienna
Thomas Vinterberg is a Danish film director who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking, which established rules for simplifying movie production. Vinterberg was born in Frederiksberg and that year Vinterberg made his first TV drama for DR TV and his short fiction film The Boy Who Walked Backwards, produced by Birgitte Hald at Nimbus Film. His first feature film was The Biggest Heroes, a movie that received acclaim in his native Denmark. In 1995, Vinterberg formed the Dogme 95 movement with Lars von Trier, Kristian Levring, following that dogma in 1998, he conceived and directed the first of the Dogme movies, The Celebration. As per the rules of the Dogme manifesto, he did not take a directorial credit, however, he and the film won numerous nominations and awards, including the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. In 2003 he directed the science fiction love story Its All About Love. This movie was entirely in English and featured, among others, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, the movie did not do well, as critics and audiences found it idiosyncratic and somewhat incomprehensible.
His next film, the English-language Dear Wendy, scripted by Lars von Trier, however he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. Vinterberg tried to retrace his roots with a smaller Danish-language production, En mand kommer hjem and he directed the music video for The Day That Never Comes, the first single off Metallicas album Death Magnetic. His 2010 film Submarino was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, in 2012, his film The Hunt competed for the Palme dOr at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 86th Academy Awards. In 2015, he directed Far From The Madding Crowd, an adaptation of the acclaimed Thomas Hardy novel, starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Vinterberg will reunite with Matthias Schoenaerts in Kursk, a film about the Kursk submarine disaster that happened in 2000. In April 2016, the French government appointed Vinterberg a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He has a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades and his work is known for its genre and technical innovation, confrontational examination of existential and political issues, and treatment of subjects like mercy and mental health. His political and humanitarian work was honored in 2004 with the Cinema for Peace awareness award. Among more than 100 awards and over 200 nominations in festivals worldwide, he has received the Palme dOr, the Grand Prix, the Prix du Jury, in March 2017, Trier began filming The House that Jack Built, an English-language serial killer thriller. Trier was born in Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, the son of Inger Høst and he received his surname from Høsts husband Ulf Trier, whom he considered his biological father until 1989. The director would become famous for his honesty to journalists about his family and upbringing, as well as the impact it had on his identity, beliefs. Trier studied film theory at the University of Copenhagen and film direction at the National Film School of Denmark.
In 1984, The Element of Crime, Triers breakthrough film, received awards in seven international festivals including the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes. His next film, was shown at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. Trier has occasionally referred to his films as falling into thematic and stylistic trilogies and this pattern began with The Element of Crime, the first of the Europa trilogy, which illuminated the traumas of Europe both in the past and the future. It includes The Element of Crime and Europa, Von Trier directed Medea for television, which won him the Jean dArcy prize in France. It is based on a screenplay by Carl Th. Dreyer, Trier completed the Europa trilogy in 1991 with Europa, which won the Prix du Jury at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival and picked up awards at other major festivals. In 1990 he directed the video for Bakerman by Laid Back. This video was reused in 2006 by the English DJ and artist Shaun Baker in a remake of Bakerman, seeking both financial independence and total creative control over their projects, von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen founded the film production company Zentropa Entertainment in 1992.
Named after a railway company in Europa, their most recent film at the time, Zentropa has produced many movies other than Triers own. It has produced hardcore sex films, Pink Prison, HotMen CoolBoyz, in 1995, von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg presented their manifesto for a new cinematic movement, which they called Dogme 95. The Dogme 95 concept, which led to international interest in Danish film, in 2008, together with their fellow Dogme directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg received the European Film Award European Achievement in World Cinema. In 1996, von Trier conducted an unusual experiment in Copenhagen involving 53 actors
Festen is a 1998 Danish film, produced by Nimbus Film and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. It was released under the title The Celebration in the United States, the film tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate their fathers 60th birthday. At the dinner, the eldest son publicly accuses his father of sexually abusing him and his twin sister. Vinterberg was inspired to write it with Mogens Rukov, based on a hoax broadcast by a Danish radio station and it was the first film created under Dogme 95 rules, a movement of young Danish film makers who preferred simple production values and naturalistic performances. The film was selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, respected family patriarch and businessman Helge is celebrating his 60th birthday at the family-run hotel. Gathered together amongst many family and friends are his wife Else, his sullen eldest son Christian, his well-traveled daughter Helene, christians twin sister, has recently taken her life at the hotel.
Before the celebration dinner, Helene finds Lindas suicide note, Michael fights with his wife, whom he had earlier abandoned on the roadside with their three children, and has sex with her. Michael is pulled aside by a waitress with whom he had an affair, during dinner, Christian makes a speech to the family in which he accuses his father Helge of sexually abusing him and his late sister Linda. There is an initial shocked silence, but the party returns to normal. In a private conversation in the pantry, a seemingly baffled Helge asks Christian about his motivations for slandering him, Christian is spurred to further action by hotel chef Kim, a childhood friend who knows about the abuse. Christian stands up and continues his toast by accusing Helge of causing Lindas death, Christian says nothing in response to the threat. Christian responds by accusing her of interrupting Helge during one of the rapes, yet not interfering with the incident and two other guests violently eject Christian from the hotel.
When Christian walks back in, they beat Christian and tie him to a tree in the nearby woods, Christian unties himself and returns to the house. Helene has a headache and asks one of the waitresses to go, Pia finds Lindas suicide note in the medicine bottle and gives it to Christian. Christian gives the note to Helene and leaves a note with the toastmaster. The toastmaster reads aloud the note that urges Helene to read the note to the guests. Lindas note states that she decided to herself after feeling overwhelmed by dreams in which her father was molesting her again. In a fit of anger, Helge admits to the abuse in front of all the guests by saying that it was all Christian was good for and he leaves the dining room with the guests stunned
Susanne Bier is a Danish film director best known for her feature films Brothers, After the Wedding, the Academy Award-winning In a Better World and the TV miniseries The Night Manager. She is the first female director to win a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, Susanne Bier was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. De Saliges, Biers graduation film, won first prize at the Munich film school festival and was distributed by Channel Four. Finding immediate success in Denmark with her features Freud Flytter Hjemmefra, Det Bli’r i Familien, Pensionat Oscar and Sekten, her first large success was The One. A romantic comedy about the fragility of life, the film won a clutch of Danish Film Academy awards, the film remains one of the most successful domestic films ever released in Denmark. A sidestep from the easy going charm of Livet är en schlager, Elsker dig for evigt brought Biers work to wider international attention. Acutely observed and beautifully written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen, made under Dogme 95 regulations, the film marked a move towards a more minimalist aesthetic.
After her first American film, Things We Lost in the Fire starring Benicio del Toro and Halle Berry, in 2012, she returned to romantic comedy with local Danish smash-hit Den skaldede frisør starring Trine Dyrholm and Pierce Brosnan. Also a maker of shorts, music videos and commercials, Biers films typically meditate on pain, tragedy, in 2013 she was a member of the jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Bier has been praised as being a capable of making films that appeal to an international market. This is reflected by the fact that After the Wedding was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and not least the international TV miniseries The Night Manager produced by BBC and AMC which received worldwide acclaim upon its premiere. It went on to receive 12 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, winning one for Susanne Biers directing efforts and four Golden Globe-nominations, Bier has two children and Alice Esther. She lives with theatre producer and composer Jesper Winge Leisner. I. C. A.
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