Danish Oscar Winner Opens European Film Festival in Santiago
SANTIAGO — From May 2 until June 3, the Fourteenth European Film Festival in Chile is taking place. The festival involves cinemas in 11 cities from nine different regions of Chile. Featuring 23 films from 15 different countries, there is something for every taste.
The European Film Festival is organized by the embassies of countries within the European Union, as well as Norway and Switzerland. The Danish movie “In a Better World” opened the Festival in Santiago on May 3. Although the European Film Festival has already ended in Santiago, you can still enjoy the films in many other cities in Chile for the next ten days. If you consider watching the Danish movie, which won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2011, you can see the trailer below.
I Love Chile was invited to participate in the Danish Embassy organized event on May 17. The film “In a Better World” was the last movie to be shown at the European Film Festival in Santiago. In the lobby of the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, traditional Danish hotdogs and Carlsberg lager was served before the excited crowd found their seats and prepared for the film, which was shown in Danish with Spanish subtitles.
Before the film started, we caught the Danish Culture and Press Attaché, Trine Danklefsen, who said, “We have received this opportunity because Denmark currently holds the EU presidency and we are happy to be able to show this film in Chile. In spite of all the prizes that it has been awarded, the film would probably not have been shown in Chile had it not been for this festival.”
She also explained how the audience received the film when it opened the festival on May 3.
“We were actually surprised that the audience reacted so strongly. Many people were expressing their sincere gratefulness and thanked us for the experience. I think people were surprised because they might not be used to watch a film like this, which is low on action and special effects but high on emotion and intimacy,” she said.
When the film ended it was clear what Danklefsen meant. As the lights came back on, we looked around and realized that the audience had become a melting pot of different emotions. There were tears, others were smiling, and other breathed sighs of contentment, acknowledging that the film had made an impact and provoked many thoughts on life.
On the way out we met the Danish Ambassador, Lars Steen Nielsen. “I’m very excited to see that so many people had chosen to participate in the event,“ he said. “I’m also proud that the Danish Embassy was able to present the recognized Danish movie at the festival in the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda.”
If you would like to see “In a Better World” or some of the other European films, visit the festival’s website for more information. The festival will travel from Santiago to Iquique, Copiapó, La Serena, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Curicó, Talca, Concepción, Valdivia, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.