Two Nordic pics in local competition
Copenhagen’s fourth Buster Intl. Children’s Film Festival bowed Monday with a screening of Japanese helmer Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning “Spirited Away,” a competish contender.Two Nordic pics, Danish director Jannik Hastrup’s “The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear” and Finnish director Klaus Haro’s “Elina,” also will compete at the fest, which closes Sunday. For the first time, the fest will host 350 trade reps at New Nordic Children’s Film event — an annual meeting of kidpic professionals — from Thursday to Saturday. Iranian-Swedish director Reza Bagher’s “Capricciosa” will kick off the festival. Among the 33 features and 68 shorts and documentaries for children and young auds, eight in each category will vie for prizes. Two Nordic features will have their world preems, Danish director Aage Rais Nordentoft’s “2 Moves, 1 Pass” and Swedish director Linus Torell’s “Misa Mi.” Danish producer Mikkel Bondesen will screen excerpts of the U.S. remake of “Catch That Girl,” Hans Fabian Wullenweber’s kidpic, from Fox 2000.