In China They Eat Dogs (1999)
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
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.
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,
- Adam’s Apples (Denmark/Germany, 2005)Director: Anders Thomas JensenAnders Thomas Jensen
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