What does a respected member of a tight-knit community do when he finds himself erroneously charged with inappropriate sexual behavior with his best friend's five-year-old daughter Klara? For 40-year-old Danish kindergarten worker Lucas, the answer is a devastatingly intense emotional reaction when his colleagues and neighbors doubt him in "The Hunt," an emotionally confrontational and psychologically astute film.
Approaching its crisis from a reportorial perspective, the Danish film "A Hijacking" immediately establishes its two contrasting, central characters isolated in their strikingly different environments. In the opening scenes, Peter, CEO of an international shipping company, unemotionally and firmly negotiates a business deal with a Japanese team while Mikkel, cook on the cargo ship Rozen, jokes with his co-workers.
Sometimes all that's wanted or needed for a most enjoyable summer movie is a light-hearted romp with serious undercurrents. A strong entry in this category, Danish director Susanne Bier's "Love Is All You Need" boasts a fine international cast of actors showcasing exquisite comic timing while also registering the sting of romantic entanglements, betrayals, and disappointments.
A famous chapter in late 18th century Danish history drives writer/director Nikolaj Arcel’s "A Royal Affair." Taking the throne in 1766 at 17, King Christian VII’s reign involved the usual power struggles and betrayals, but Christian’s mental instability made his court particularly volatile, permitting his physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee to gain ascendant influence.