Danish Film Week 2022 Returns to 4 Cities (and How to Watch)

The Danish Film Week will delight audiences in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh cities
June 18, 2022 | 07:00
Danish Film Weeks 2022 Returns to 4 Cities
Danish film week underway in 4 Vietnam's cities.

The Danish Film Weeks will return to Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh cities on July 1-14 with a collection of six interesting and thought-provoking films from prominent Danish filmmakers, the Embassy of Denmark in Hanoi recently announced.

Movies including ‘The Good Traitor’, ‘The Purity of Vengeance’, ‘That Time of Year’, ‘A Perfectly Normal Family’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘Land of Mine’ represent the high quality of Danish film production within recent years. They have all won several awards and nominations at Danish and international prestigious film festivals.

The selected film collection this year will give local audiences a glimpse of the Danish society and life. The narratives of the films are captivating and varied.

Danish Film Weeks 2022 Returns to 4 Cities
"The Good Traitor", a historical drama recounts an ambassador's audacious scheme to save Denmark after the Nazi invasion in 1940.

Of which, "The Good Traitor" poses an ethical and personal judgment issue: should one do what he is asked to do in his position or follow his own judgment - even if this action can destroy his career and put him in prison.

"Daniel", on the other hand, will take audiences through the heart-breaking and desperate times that Daniel and his family had to go through in the attempt to free him from the capture of ISIS in Syria.

Danish Film Weeks 2022 Returns to 4 Cities
Crime thriller 'The Purity of Vengeance' has sold 670000 cinema tickets after four weeks on the big screen.

Meanwhile, “The Purity of Vengeance” is the fourth adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s hugely popular “Department Q” novels about a Copenhagen cold-case police unit. As in the previous films, the lead duo comprises Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Criminal Commissioner Carl Mørck and Fares Fares as his assistant Assad, both of Department Q. In The Purity of Vengeance, they come across three mummified bodies in an old apartment in Copenhagen. The investigators now have to identify the bodies and also to find out who the fourth free space might be intended for. Their search will bring them to a notorious women’s hospital on the island of Sprogø.

In "That Time of Year", Danish director and actor Paprika Steen comes a caustic comedy about the deep-rooted grievances that can rip families apart -- and the ties that bind them together.

Danish Film Weeks 2022 Returns to 4 Cities
Emma has a perfectly normal family until one day it turns out her dad, Thomas, is transgender in "A Perfectly Normal Family".

"A Perfectly Normal Family" is a 2020 Danish drama film directed by Malou Reymann, tells the story of a father transitioning to female with almost too much empathy. As Thomas becomes Agnete, both father and his daughter, Emma, struggle to hold on to what they had while accepting that everything has changed.

Finnally, "Land of Mine" is a 2015 historical war drama film directed by Martin Zandvliet.Set in post-World War II Denmark, the story of Land of Mine follows a Danish Sergeant who is assigned the duty to defuse and remove over 2 million mines that were buried in a beach.

Danish Film Weeks 2022 Returns to 4 Cities
As World War II comes to an end, a group of young German POWs are captured by the Danish army and forced to defuse and clear 2 million land mines.

Local audiences will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various life stories, but will also leave the cinema halls with optimistic and hopeful notes and messages.

Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam, expressed his delight to be able to bring the Danish Film Weeks back to Vietnam this year as part of two countries' celebration of the 51st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"This year, two countries are not only celebrating our history together, but also looking ahead into the future as we wish to further strengthen the partnership with Vietnam in various areas, including trade, green growth, renewable energy, food safety, education and culture, etc. I hope that audiences will enjoy the films as much as I," said the diplomat.

All films are with Vietnamese and English subtitles. Some are with age limits.

Tickets are free and can be collected from June 22 for Hue and Da Nang; and from June 24 for Hanoi and HCM City at CineStar Hue (25 Hai Ba Trung, Vinh Ninh, Hue city); Galaxy Da Nang (Floor 3 CoopMart, 478 Dien Bien Phu, Da Nang city); CineStar Ho Chi Minh (135 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, HCM City) and Danish Embassy in Hanoi (level 7th, BIDV Tower, no. 194 Tran Quang Khai).

Tickets will be distributed on the first come first served basis. For Hanoi specifically, please call 02438231888 to check for the availability of tickets in advance.

For the past five years, the Danish Film Weeks has become a popular cultural brand among cinema-lovers in various cities in Vietnam and helped build a bridge between Vietnamese people and Denmark.

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