Straight-up Scandinavia: Danish film festival continues in Atlanta this weekend

We all know about, and love, French film. And the musicals of Bollywood seem to be everywhere. But Danish cinema?

Cinephiles may already be well acquainted with the Danish film industry, but for the rest of you, all it takes is a little direction. You may in fact remember the movie Italian for Beginners. Don’t let the title fool you, it was a Danish directed film all about seven strangers coming together in Copenhagen to learn a bit of Italiano. Or what about Dancer in the Dark? Yup, it too was made by a Danish director, Lars von Trier.

This weekend in Atlanta, January 25-27, the quest for discovering Denmark’s film industry continues at the Danish Film Festival. The third annual festival actually started last weekend, but three more movies are scheduled to show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Rich Theater located in the Woodruff Arts Center. One of the films, A Soap, was the winner of the Best Debut Film at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Even children can get involved, if they are up to reading subtitles, with The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar.

Tickets are $5 general admission and $4 for students, seniors and museum members, giving those of you in the Atlanta area no excuse not to get a little weekend taste of Denmark.