A soft soap from Danish debut filmmaker
by Annika Pham
Pernille Fischer Christensen´s A Soap [+see also:
interview: Lars Bredo Rahbek
interview: Pernille Fischer Christensen
film profile] (En Soap) is the revelation of yet another talent from the new generation of Danish filmmakers and her feature debut, warmly welcomed in Berlin by the press has a good chance to leave the festival with a Bear and seduce adult audiences around the world.
Told like a soap opera with a voice-over introducing each new part of its four acts, A Soap is the touching portrayal of two lost souls (the 32 year-old Charlotte and her downstairs neighbour, a transsexual named Veronika) who learn to know, accept, like, and perhaps even love each other. Turning the usual concepts of falling in love and what makes a man a man or a woman a woman upside down, the film delves directly into what it means to be a human being. In other words, the bare expression of senses, of feelings and desires to be loved for what we are. "Feelings lead to love, the desire to reach out towards others," said the director. "I wanted to give you an honest film. A film where form is in symbiosis with content and the two cannot be separated from each other but come together to tell a simple story about complex feelings in the emotional space between humour and love." Using Dogma-like techniques such as a hand held camera and close and medium shots, the director gives plenty of room to the two actors Trine Dyrholm and David Dencik to find the magic in each scene and transmit it to the audience.
A Soap was made for €900,000 and was the first feature film to take part in the Danish Film Institute´s New Danish Screen, a new programme for promoting continued innovation in Danish films. Scripted by Kim Fupz Aakeson (who also wrote Annette K. Olesen´s Panorama film 1:1 [+see also:
film profile]), the film was produced by Lars Bredo Rahbek for Nimbus Film. International sales are being handled by Trust Film Sales and and the film is scheduled to be released in Denmark on April 7.
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