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Ole Christian Madsen

1.  Angels in Fast Motion / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
2.  Flame & Citron / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark-Germany
3.  Kira‘s Reason – A Love Story / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
4.  Pizza King / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
5.  Prague / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
6.  Sinan’s Wedding / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
7.  Superclásico / Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark

Denmark not only has an illustrious cinematic history, originally demarcated by the great Theodor Dreyer, but a prolific industry maintaining a steady and successful pace. The mid-1990s boom and its informal leader, Lars von Trier and the Dogma 95 manifesto, again placed the country at the forefront of cinematic innovation. This, however, is only one element of a vibrant, pulsating picture.
Along Dogma and non-Dogma directors such Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Lone Scherfig, Nicolas Refn and others, Ole Christian Madsen has carved his own distinctive niche in his country’s cinematic record. A graduate of the prominent Denmark National Film School and one of the founders of production company Nimbus Film, he has been impressively productive in fiction, documentary and television, dealing with a variety of subjects and achieving an admirable equilibrium between art house and more commercial fare.
The thematic and aesthetic diversity of Madsen’s work developed relatively early into his career. Sinan’s Wedding and Pizza King, his first forays into filmmaking, saw Madsen perceptively tackling the taboo subject of immigrants in Denmark. He moved on to an immensely successful crime TV series and then to two films about marriage and its breakdown: Kira’s Reason and Prague are passionate explorations of relationships. In 2008, with Flame and Citron, he achieved a feat: he not only confronted the sinister history of Danish collaboration with the Nazi regime, but made one of the biggest box-office hits in Danish history. With his latest film, Superclásico (the last of the marriage trilogy), Madsen surprises us yet again, with a lighthearted, charming comedy.
Ole Christian Madsen’s films certainly share unifying principles. His actors (staples such as Mads and Lars Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade and Thure Lindhardt) shine through their roles in an understated and precise manner. His films are based as much on looks and silences as they are on words. There is a commitment to exploring and understanding the human condition through human relationships, with all their delicacy and complexity; people are nothing without their connections to others in Madsen’s films. In his work, ordinary people and ordinary situations become extraordinary and, ultimately, authentic.

 Lilly Papagianni

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