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DVD Review: 'We Shall Overcome'

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★★★★☆ Niels Arden Oplev's (director of the first in the original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and the recent Deadfall) partly autobiographical film We Shall Overcome (Drømmen, 2006) is a tender portrait of a young boy growing up in 1960s Denmark who, inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. takes a stand against tyranny. Thirteen-year-old Frits (Janus Dissing Rathke) is the victim of bullying at school but it is his headmaster, rather than his fellow pupils, who is his main tormentor. Lindum-Svendsen (Bent Mejding) rules the school with a rod of iron and strikes terror into the children's hearts.

Frits' farmer father (Jens Jørn Spottag, a regular fixture in popular Scandi-crime TV series The Protectors) has suffered a nervous breakdown and is in hospital, so Frits finds solace in the company of the school's newest recruit Freddie (Anders W. Berthelsen) a hippy, trainee teacher who introduces
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Palm Springs 2013: Award Winners, Plus 'Unfinished Song,' Denmark's 'A Hijacking' and 'This Life,' Alan Cumming in Conversation

Palm Springs 2013: Award Winners, Plus 'Unfinished Song,' Denmark's 'A Hijacking' and 'This Life,' Alan Cumming in Conversation
The 24th Palm Springs Film Festival closed Sunday after 182 films from some 68 countries played for an audience of local enthusiasts and out-of-towners with an appetite for the best in foreign and domestic cinema. The festival lined up an impressive 41 foreign films including Spanish Oscar submission "Blancanieves" (winner of Psiff's Cine Latino award), "Rust and Bone," "The Hunt," "The Intouchables" and many others. Big winners at the festival include "The Cleaner" from Peru, Israel's "Fill the Void," Australia's fest favorite "The Sapphires," the actors of "Caesar Must Die" and "Our Children"'s Emile Dequenne. The complete list of winners is below. During the festival's final weekend I caught a few titles, among them Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis' "This Life - Some Must Die So Others Can Live," Tobias Lindholm's riveting "A Hijacking" and...
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