A royal affair

Danish contender for Oscar has lots going for itself
Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel

Nikolaj Arcel's sweeping costume drama “A Royal Affair”—Denmark's Oscar entry—follows the struggles of young Queen Caroline (Alicia Vikander) as she tries to adapt to her new role as wife of Denmark's obviously insane King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard). The year is 1766, and Caroline, a native Brit, is forced to make do with her unpredictable husband and strange new surroundings with hardly ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-A community on edge in “The Hunt”

A new and gripping drama from the House of Dogme 95

A community slides into mass hysteria after accusations of child molesting surface. But instead of a full-blown witch-hunt or courtroom drama story we’re treated to a cool-headed and transfixing tale of a life coming undone by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg co-founded Dogme 95 along with Lars Von Trier and several others. He’s the brain behind “The Celebration,” having written ... more >

Valhalla Rising

One from Denmark's rising-star filmmaker
With Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson and Alexander Morton
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

What do you get when a director known for uncompromising violence decides to do a period piece--set in 1,000AD Viking country, that is. In a word, a masterpiece. Danish enfant terrible Nicolas Winding Refn (director of the cult hit “Pusher” series) made his latest film, “Valhalla Rising,” after an aborted attempt at making a real horror movie (Refn’s favorite film is the original “Texas ... more >