“The Guilty,” from Denmark, goes to the Oscars

Stark and measured police procedural has a good shot at a win
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage and Omar Shargawi
Directed by Gustav Möller

The no-frills “The Guilty” (“Den Skyldige” in the original Danish) is Denmark’s gathering storm movie. This film was selected as that country’s entry for the Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, as was announced this week. Gustav Möller, its director, has said, "I am deeply convinced that constraints stimulate creativity. It is a tradition that I inherited from my years at the ... more >

Terribly Happy

Eerie and bleak -- must be Danish country
Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen and Kim Bodnia
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz

Like the Coen Brothers' 1984 film noir debut “Blood Simple,” Henrik Ruben Genz's “Terribly Happy” begins with lingering shots of sparse roads, amid ominous narration about the sterile, unfriendly nature of the locale in question. And while the setting may not be humid, oily Texas wasteland, it's just as alienating—a muddy, snowy, one-street town in rural South Jutland, Denmark. It's the type of ... more >