The Danish Film Festival returns to Manila for its second year this month with eleven films, including one which stars independent film actress Mercedes Cabral, from September 29 to October 2, 2016 at the Shang Cineplex.
Mercedes plays the title role in Rosita, a drama about a widower who takes in a young Filipina as his mail-order bride. While her character is living in Denmark, Rosita is torn between the lonely old man and his son. This film is helmed by director Frederikke Aspock, who also won Best Director at the Moscow Film Festival.
In Rosita, Mercedes had the opportunity to work with actors Jens Albinus, best known for his films “The Idiots” and “Nymphomaniac”, and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, who won an acting award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in “The Royal Affair” in 2012.
Mercedes told the press about her experiences working in Denmark.
“For an actor, it's a privilege to work with great actors like Mikkel Folsgaard and Jens Albinus, whom I consider as some of the most intense actors I've ever worked with,” said Mercedes. “Ang na-experience ko dun, very subtle acting. I learned there that you can't just be an actor without any degree. ”
“The acting requirement na hinihingi nila is really subtle, so na-challenge ako na I have to level up with these guys,” she said.
“It was also my first time to experience winter and snow and it was different, but I enjoyed it,” said the Pinay actress.
Jan Top Christensen, ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the two countries and support for the film industry when he spoke to the press on September 20.
“The success of Danish film industry finds its origins in the establishment of danish film school, the film act which has been in place since the '70s, and the Danish Film Institute which co-finances film productions,” Ambassador Christensen explained. “There's a long-term strategy for them, and we hope that this will be done in the Philippines.”
The ambassador also hailed the recent successes of Filipino films like Brillante Mendoza's Ma' Rosa and Lav Diaz's Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis and Ang Babaeng Humayo in international film festivals.
“This is interesting for us, to see that these indie films are having success internationally. I do believe that there is potential for more collaboration between the Danish film industry and the Filipino film industry,” he said.
The Danish film festival will start with “The Idealist”, a film based on the 1968 nuclear crash in the US military base in Greenland at 1:30 PM on Thursday, September 29. The film follows the investigation of a reporter who suddenly runs into suspicious circumstances linking back to the concealed nuclear accident.
“Sex, Drugs, and Taxation”, a joyride through the hippie years in Scandinavia, will be shown at 4:30 PM, just before the gala night featuring “Rosita” at 7:30 PM.
The life of Jan and his struggles at work and his marriage is at the center of the film “With Your Permission”, which will be shown on September 30 at 1:30 PM. It will be followed by the thriller “The Hour of the Lynx,” a story about a priest and a scientist who help a young man imprisoned in a high security psychiatric ward at 4:30. The crime thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes” will wrap up the Friday films at 7:30.
The third day of the festival will open with the Danish take on kid superhero “Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury”, where superhero Antboy finds his world thrown back into danger as a mysterious invisible enemy makes herself known as the Red Fury along with a band of new super villains. “Silent Heart”, a drama about a mother who gathers her family before she dies, will follow at 4:30, while the thriller “The Candidate”, about a defense attorney who is suddenly accused of murder, will be shown at 7:30.
“Karla's World”, which follows 10-year-old Karla as she tries to get her whole family together for Christmas, opens the last day of the festival. This will be followed by “Fear Me Not”, a story of a man losing control over his own actions after he signs up for the clinical trial of a new anti-depressant.
Audiences will also have another chance to watch “Rosita”, which will wrap up the Danish film weekend.
All films will be shown for free at Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong.