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Danish pic tackles diversity

Olesen's 'One to One' explores Arab-European relations

Annette Olesen’s “One to One” is likely to attract particular attention when it unspools Sunday in the Panorama section. That’s because the director is Danish — and her country is still reeling from the controversy about newspaper cartoons that offended half the Arab world.

The film centers on a love affair between a Danish girl and a Palestinian emigrant whose lives are rocked when a young man is beaten half to death. The girl suspects her boyfriend knows more than he’s letting on. Pic comes down for tolerance and understanding between cultures.

Despite the current protests against the cartoon depicting Mohammed still dominating the headlines across Europe, Olesen has said that her film sprang from her own gut feeling about “fear in life.”

“This strange, collective fear is so terrible because it is unspecific and was brought closer to home by the terror bombings in Madrid,” she said. In 2004 Olesen was represented in the Competition with “In Your Hands.”

Produced by Lars von Trier and Peter Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainments, “One to One” is being repped

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