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Audiences should find themselves terribly satisfied with Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig), co-written and directed by Danish filmmaker Henrik Ruben Genz. This is a dark and moody drama that often feels more like a thriller. The movie could be described as being a little bit Blue Velvet and a lot Blood Simple, but that wouldn’t do justice to the film having it’s own character, despite its influences.
Robert (Jakob Cedergren) is a cop from Copenhagen with a secret, which has landed him in a small rural town in Denmark. Robert is the town’s new Marshall. At first he finds himself an outsider, having difficulty fitting in and learning the ways of the locals, surrounded by bogs and mushy soggy ground everywhere he steps. It doesn’t take long before he meets Ingerlise (Lene Maria Christensen) who is married to the town bully Jorgen (Kim Bodnia). Ingerlise confides in »
Presented by The Royal Danish Embassy, the Finnish Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Swedish Embassy, the Inaugural Nordic Film Festival in Australia aims to celebrate both Nordic cinema and culture, screening award-winning films from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, with two of the latter reviewed below. Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig) Country Denmark Director Henrik Ruben Genz Cast Jakob Cedergren, Kim Bodnia, Lene Maria Christensen Worth $10. »
Berlin -- Henrik Ruben Genz's "Terribly Happy,” the award-winning drama which has drawn comparisons to the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” is Denmark’s contender for the 2010 foreign-language film Oscar.
The dark, quirky crime story, set in a small Danish village, won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary last year and cleaned up at Denmark’s Bodil Awards, taking six of the 11 trophies, including best film. Oscilloscope Pictures has U.S. rights to “Terribly Happy” and an English-language remake is already in the works.
Director Genz already has one Oscar nomination to his credit for his short film “Teis & Nico” (1998).
Nominations for next year’s Oscars will be announced February 2. The 2010 Academy Awards will take place March 7. »
- By Scott Roxborough
- Know mostly as a U.S Indie and Documentary film label, Oscilloscope Laboratories are taking a chance of a popular title from Denmark. Oscilloscope announced the pick up of Henrik Ruben Ganz’s Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig) for a release in theaters and on disc this autumn. Winner of several local and international awards (it won several Bodils (Denmark's equivalent to the Oscar) the top prize at the Karlovy Vary and Chicago Int's Silver Hugo award for Best Director. The film revolves around Robert Hanson (Jakob Cedergren), a Copenhagen police officer who, following a nervous breakdown, is transferred to a small provincial town to take on the mysteriously vacated Marshall position and subsequently gets mixed up with a married femme fatale. Robert’s big city temperament makes it impossible for him to fit in, or understand the uncivilized, bizarre behavior displayed by the townspeople. The trailer reminds me of Iceland's Jar City. »
4 items from 2009
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