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LevelK boards thriller 'The Exception' with 'Borgen' star Sidse Babett Knudsen (exclusive)

LevelK boards thriller 'The Exception' with 'Borgen' star Sidse Babett Knudsen (exclusive)
Jesper W Nielsen directs a strong female cast that also includes Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin and Lene Maria Christensen.

LevelK has taken on world sales for The Exception, a new Danish thriller starring Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen.

Jesper W. Nielsen directs from a script by Christian Torpe, an adaptation of the hit 2004 novel by Danish author Christian Jungersen, which sold more than 200,000 copies in Denmark and has been published in 20 countries worldwide.

Knudsen, whose credits also include Westworld and The Duke of Burgundy, is joined by a strong female cast that also includes Danica Curcic (Silent Heart), Amanda Collin
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Top 7 Films So Far in 2010

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

It’s halfway over. One thing seems to be sure, it’s not just the USA dominating. First the World Cup, now films. I normally don’t do this, but three of my Top 7 Films So Far in 2010 are from overseas. All that reading, all those subtitles, and yet, there they sit. On the top of my list. It’s been a rough summer, but with Christopher Nolan’s Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt opening this weekend, the summer is starting to look better. For this list, The movie had to open by June 30, 2010. That’s right, The Last Airbender can’t qualify (for many reasons, the date only being one of them).

And now let it begin.

click here for Nick Allen’s Top 7 Movies So Far in 2010

7. The Joneses

Recap: A family of four moves in to an
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Red Carpet Lineup, Foxy Julianne and Berlinale Winners

With Berlinale wrapped, let's take one last looksie at random celebs working the premieres and photo ops. Part of our irregular red carpet lineup tradition. And then the awardage.

From left to right: I didn't know what Michael Winterbottom looked like, so I've included him here. He's a boyish 48. I think his career is pretty fascinating because it covers so much global ground and differing genre terrain. He's so prolific while still making intelligent films. I'm impatient so prolific works for me. That said, his new noir The Killer Inside Me might be one I'll have to skip. If festival types are so horrified by the violence I'm sure it's more than I can take.

Julianne Moore looking foxy on her way to fifty. She's gone a bit goth here with smoky eyes, black dress and black fingernails. More on her in a bit.

Two-time Oscar nominee Isabelle Adjani, who hasn't been working much,
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Danish Oscar Submission Terribly Happy to be Remade in English…by the Original Director

Danish Oscar Submission Terribly Happy to be Remade in English…by the Original Director
Remakes, remakes remakes...but is it a different scenario when the director of an acclaimed foreign film signs on to remake his own movie for English-speaking audiences? That's what's happening with Terribly Happy, the dark, Coen Brothers-flavored Danish film that cleaned up at the major Bodil Awards in 2009 and is Denmark's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar this year. Henrik Ruben Genz will remake his own film in English, giving him an opportunity to play with a bigger budget and take the story in new directions. Gentz was also the co-writer on the first version of the film, which is adapted from the novel of the same name by Erling Jepsen. (Well, the novel is called Frygtelig lykkelig, which is also the untranslated Danish name of the film.) The Us version is being written by Howard Rodman, and producer Carol Polakoff says that this is a chance to approach the
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Terribly Happy: Quirkily Noir

Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig), the Danish entry into the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, is opening in New York this Friday. Though writer/director Henrik Ruben Genz did not garner an Oscar nomination for his film (that honor went to Ajami [Israel], El ecreto de sus ojos [Argentina], La teta asustada [Peru], Un Prophète [France], and The White Ribbon [Germany]), it's still a must-see for fans of the noir, the Coen Brothers, or films set in quirky towns that don't take well to outsiders. The film kicks off with Robert (Jakob Cedergren), a cop from Copenhagen, being exiled to service in a small outpost in Jutland, a remote Danish hinterland. From the moment he arrives, the landscape (complete with a life-sucking bog) and the people are forbidding, wary, and just plain odd. As in any good noir thriller, there's a mysterious dame (Lene Maria Christensen), with a thuggish cowboy of ...
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Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

By Harvey Karten - Sophisticated moviegoers know that January is the month that finds the big Hollywood studios dumping their turkeys on the public. This notorious reputation, however, does not apply to indies released by smaller studios or foreign offerings, many of which can be as compelling as the celluloid released during the prestigious months of November and December. .Terribly Happy. is, happily, one of those foreign pictures good enough to be Oscar-considered: in fact it is Denmark.s entry into the Academy Awards race for movies distributed during 2009.

While the bloated, $450 million .Avatar. is breaking records on IMAX screens and just about everywhere in the free world, a patron can gain just as much satisfaction from a far, far lower-budgeted choice like .Frygtelig lykkelig,. as Henrik Ruben Genz.s feature is known in its original Danish.

Oscilloscope Pictures

Reviewed for Arizona Reporter by Harvey Karten

Grade: B+

Directed by:
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Sliff 2009 Review: Terribly Happy

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
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Nordic Cinema Fest Comes to Australia

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.
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Denmark picks 'Terribly Happy' as Oscar candidate

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.
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Oscilloscope 'Terribly Happy' over Foreign Import

  • 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 (2008)Frygtelig Lykkelig
[/link]) 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.
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Is Henrik Ruben Genz A Danish Answer To The Coen Brothers?

I have, many times in the past, referred to Danish writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen as the Danish equivalent to the Coen Brothers. He’s smart, he’s savvy, he’s a great writer and he loves to play with genre conventions just enough to keep the audience on their collective toes. I love the guy, I really do, but he’s just received a major challenge to that particular throne in the form of Henrik Ruben Genz and his film Terribly Happy, or Frygtelig Lykkelig. The Danish Film Institute’s synopsis for this one doesn’t even begin to do the trailer justice, but here it is anyway:

Robert has a number of skeletons in his closet, which he is determined to bury. Although hardly his dream job, Robert sees the position of temporary village constable as a necessary stage on the road to rehabilitation. He just needs to do
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43rd Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival Awards

Henrik Ruben Genz’s (pictured above) Danish drama “Terribly Happy” (“Frygtelig Iykkelig”) took home the Grand Prix award Saturday at the 43th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The film centers on a Copenhagen policeman (played by Jakob Cedergren) who’s temporarily reassigned to a provincial town, where he struggles with local customs and uncovers troubling secrets behind what appears to be peaceful small-town life.

The festival’s Special Jury Prize went to Nan Triveni Achnas’ “The Photograph,” about a 25-year-old prostitute who decides to fulfill a dying photographer’s last wishes.

Martha Issová picked up the Best Actress Award for her role in Michaela Pavlátová’s drama “Night Owls” (“Děti noci”), which focuses on a young woman unwilling to leave her childhood behind her.

The Best Actor Award went to Jiri Madl, who co-stars with Issová in “Night Owls.”
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