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BERLINALE 2009 Denmark

Olesen in competition, Svendsen in Generation

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At the upcoming Berlinale (February 5-15) Denmark will be represented by Annette. K. Olesen, who will be competing for the third time for a Golden Bear with her new drama Little Soldier [+see also:
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, and by Lotte Svendsen’s family film Max Embarrassing, screening at the Generation section.

Olesen had her breakthrough in Berlin 2002 with her feature debut Minor Mishaps [+see also:
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, that won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film. Her second film In your Hands also screened in competition in 2004. Two years later, her film about racial conflicts, 1:1 (One to One) [+see also:
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, screened in the Panorama section.

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This year, she is back in competition with the story of a soldier, Lotte (Trine Dyrholm), who returns home after a mission. She finds a new job as the driver/bodyguard to one of her father's escort girls, Lily. Soon, the women become friends and things take an unexpected turn.

As with all her previous films, Little Soldier is co-written by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Ib Tardini for Zentropa. The film, which opened in Denmark last November, is sold internationally by TrustNordisk.

Zentropa’s sales arm has no less than two other films (minority co-productions) running for a Golden Bear: the German film Storm [+see also:
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by Hans-Christian Schmidt (Requiem [+see also:
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interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
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), and the Swedish film in English language Mammoth [+see also:
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by Lukas Moodysson (Together).

Max Embarrassing, screening at the generation Kplus, is based on Svendsen’s successful TV series. It is the director‘s third feature film following her two socio-political satires, Gone with the Fish (1999) and What's Wrong with This Picture? (2004).

The coming of age film was released in Denmark last December and received excellent reviews. It still rannks number five in the Danish top ten after five weeks. Max Embarassing is produced by veteran producer Per Holst (Asta Film) and sold by Delphis Film.

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