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(Denmark / 2012 / Directed by Mads Matthiesen)
Unrated / 92 mins.
A surprising performance anchors this intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who looks for love as he nears middle age. 
Blurb: Dennis (played by champion bodybuilder Kim Kold) is a 38 year-old man who lives outside Copenhagen with his controlling mother, Ingrid (Elsbeth Steentoft). Though he longs to find love, his exaggerated appearance is isolating. After being mocked and turned down by women time and again, Dennis travels to Thailand and meets Toi (Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard), a kind widow who sees him for who he really is. But when he brings Toi back home, Ingrid shows her vicious side, and Dennis is forced to choose where his allegiances stand. A gentle soul in a giant’s body, Kold carries the film with his quiet but powerful portrayal of an incorruptibly pure soul. In English, Thai, and Danish with subtitles.
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A Royal Affair

Dec 31 – Jan 3

Mon 7:30
Tues 5:30
Wed 5:30
Thur 5:30 (last show)

(Denmark/2012/dir by Nikolai Arcel)
R / 2 hours & 17 mins
In the late 18th C a young English princess is shipped off and wed, for reasons of statecraft, to the king of Denmark, Christian VII.
Set during the Enlightenment, the well-read Caroline (Alicia Vikander), is surprised to discover that Denmark, for all its wealth, remains mired in an anti-intellectual Dark Age. Worse, her new husband Christian VII (Mikkel Følsgaard). is a petulant simpleton, and possibly mad. Lonely, she turns to Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelse0n) — her husband’s physician, a forward thinker and a man who seems to understand her hopes and dreams. The film is visually lovely; Vikander’s soft face looks right out of an 18th-century oil painting. The three actors at its center make it an intimate, almost modern story centering on the love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King, the royal physician with his very modern ideas, and the young but strong Queen. A gripping tale of two brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom.
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Dec 12 – 15
Mon 8:30
Tue 8:30
Wed 8:30
Thu 8:30 (last show)

(Denmark/2011/Dir by Lars von Trier)
R / 135 mins.
As a giant blue planet threatens to collide with Earth, a melancholic bride-to-be (Kirsten Dunst) and her unconventional family host her wedding at a glorious Swedish mansion.
Kirsten Dunst, in one of the finest performances of her career, is stunning as the emotionally complex bride, Justine. Far from ideal, her wedding is punctuated by her own erratic behavior, as well as by the exhortations of her foul-mouthed mother (Charlotte Rampling), who has little use for marriage. As her sister and brother-in-law (Charlotte Gainsbourg & John Hurt) try to smooth over everyone’s loopy behavior, family tensions mount and fray, and the approaching planet (Melancholia) becomes a metaphor for the malaise of the two sisters. Artfully directed by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves), the story is an ingenious and operatic mash up of Armageddon and The Celebration, with Ingmar Bergman’s Persona tossed in for good measure.
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