French and Portuguese films displayed at the Grand teatret
by Annika Pham
Under the aegis of distributor/exhibitor Kim Foss, the historical Grand teatret in Copenhagen is hosting a ‘French Film Mondays’ programme until December 8 and a ‘Portuguese Film Days’ between October 20-22.
A true institution for Copenhagen’s cultural scene, the Grand old Cinema has been generously lending its prestigious art nouveau hall to European films since the 1970s, and remains the supreme place to view quality arthouse films. “The Grand is the main platform for ‘difficult films and upmarket films of a certain quality,” reminds managing director Foss. Anxious to provide the best filmic experience to his loyal audience, Foss is travelling the world, acquiring 15 to 20 fresh titles at festivals and markets (from Palm d’or winner The Class [+see also:
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The French Film Mondays for instance which runs from late September until early December, is presenting ten recent French films such as Au hazard Balthasar, A Girl Cut in Two [+see also:
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The Portuguese Film Days is presenting eight short films and documentary films such as Nathalie Mansoux’s Access Road and Antonio Borges Correia’s Endgame. The event is co-organised by the festival Indielisboa which promotes Portuguese cinema abroad.
Part of the MEDIA Programme’s Europa Cinemas network, the Grand Teatret received an award for Best Programming at Europa Cinema Awards 2006.
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