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An Old Friendship Turns Violent In Lasse Spang Olsen's The Last Journey

In a nation widely renowned for its arthouse cinema director Lasse Spang Olsen (In China They Eat Dogs) is the odd man out. The Danish stunt man turned director - though still very much in demand for his stunt work - Olsen forgoes the world of sensitive drama to instead create broad action comedies and he's back at his old tricks with upcoming effort The Last Journey (Den sidste rejse).A sort of Odd Couple / Grumpy Old Men tale pushed to extremes of violence, car wrecks, gun play and explosions all feature prominently in the first trailer. Take a look below....
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Fantasia 2010: Tomas Villum Jensen Talks At World's End

[Our sincere thanks to the Fantasia Festival and Kier-La Janisse for offering up some of the excellent, exclusive materials from the festival blog for wider consumption here at Twitch.]

While Tomas Villum Jensen is familiar to Fantasia audiences from his acting turns in festival faves In China They Eat Dogs and Old Men in New Cars, as well as the arthouse hit Adam's Apples (2005), he's also got a hefty back-catalogue of directing credits, and it's safe to say that At World's End is his most ambitious film to date - not to mention that it also happens to be the first big-budget Danish adventure film!

A BBC film crew is massacred in the jungle of Sumatra and the shooter is alleged to be a Danish Citizen - who claims to be 129 years old and dependent on a rare flower to keep him young. With the shooter facing the death penalty, the Danish government hopes to bring him home and have him declared "mentally disordered", so they assign a bumbling young psychiatrist from the Danish Prison Service named Adrian (Nikolaj Lie Kaa
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EFA to analyze cultural humor

London -- The European Film Academy plans to have a laugh with its latest conference, scheduled for the weekend of the organization's awards show.

Ahead of the awards ceremony on Dec. 6, EFA aims to host a series of seminars under the banner "What Makes Europe Laugh."

The panel discussions will analyze the serious side of movie comedy and try to determine whether funny movies can be cross-culturally humorous.

One panel plans to look at Nordic humor and Latin laughs as filmmakers from each region attempt to discover just how poles apart they are when it comes to film comedy.

Names signed up to take part include Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen ("In China They Eat Dogs"), Sweden's Reza Bagher ("Popular Music From Vittula") and Santiago Segura Silva ("Torrente, The Stupid Arm of The Law") from Spain, all of whom became household names in their respective countries for their efforts in the comedy genre.
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Denmark comes to Austin

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When most folks think about Danish cinema, they think Lars Von Trier. He and his Dogma 95 cohorts dominated the scene in the 90s and into the current decade. Europa (Zentropa), Breaking The Waves and Dancer In The Dark all garnered critical acclaim and Lars Von Trier became the darlings of the international film festival circuit. Below the surface of this high-concept, somewhat cerebral identity of Danish cinema, there was also another scene developing below the radar of arthouse critics, the often overlooked world of genre film that we so wholeheartedly love here at Fantastic Fest.

Our pal Anthony Timpson from the Incredibly Strange Film Festival in New Zealand first turned us on to director Lasse Spang Olsen and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen's 1999 brilliant dark-comedy/action film In China They Eat Dogs. Since then, we've hungrily sought out as much Danish genre film as we could devour. Fantastic Fest programmers Blake Ethridge,
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Live from Fantasia: Adam's Apples

[/link] Dane Anders Thomas Jensen is the screenwriter of In China They Eat Dogs, it’s sequel Old Men in New Cars and the director/writer of The Green Butchers. As good as all three of those films are, he’s outdone himself with Adam’s Apples.A completely bizarro tale about a priest who has suffered immeasureably and uses faith to block out the pain. Enter a neo nazi skinhead who becomes obsessed with shattering the priests illusions, and possibly the priest himsef...Although stylistically worlds apart, Adam’s Apples is the best film I’ve seen since 2004’s Head On. Never anything less than completely engrossing, the film delights in building up humorous goodwill and then crushing it beneath a torrent of anger. All of the religious and fascist iconography exist as beacons to help find that elusive gray
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