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Films from Scandi head to Cannes

Themes of war, cops, music and filmmaking permeate pics

In 2003, Danish helmer Christoffer Boe’s “Reconstruction” won the Camera d’Or in Cannes.

Having since had two films in Venice, Boe is now back on the Croisette, this time with thriller “Everything Will Be Fine,” unspooling in the Directors’ Fortnight.

“Cannes is great, especially because the films screened there are the kind of films I love,” Boe says.

“Everything Will Be Fine” opened in Denmark in January to mostly rave reviews. Pic is about a filmmaker who accidentally runs over a man with his car. In the man’s possession he finds photos depicting Danish soldiers on foreign soil torturing prisoners. The filmmaker soon comes to believe he is being followed and that his life is in danger.

“If you want to interpret it as being against Denmark’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s OK,” Boe says. “What fascinates me is that we are in a war in another country, our soldiers kill people and our soldiers are killed, and this is a non-issue in Denmark. It’s fascinating; it seems that no one cares.”

Pic’s all-star cast includes Jens Albinus, Paprika Steen and Boe’s constant collaborator Nicolas Bro. It has elements of a political thriller, and the Danish critics called it Boe’s most accessible film so far.

He laughs. “Perhaps it is. I’m calling it ‘a melodramatic thriller.’ I think that sums it up.

“I’m really glad they want to show ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ in Cannes,” says Boe. “I think it will be screened on the 19th. That’s my lucky number. I take it as a good sign.”

Boe’s picture is the only Scandi film in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight. However, in Critics’ Week the French-Swedish co-production “The Sound of Noise” will unspool.

Called a musical cop movie and helmed by Swedes Johannes Stjarne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson, “Noise” is the feature debut by a duo who have been Cannes darlings for years. Their short “Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers,” was in competition in 2001, and even though it didn’t win, it had a major impact.

The story is about a group of eccentric drummers who invade a city, playing anything but ordinary instruments. A policeman starts hunting them down, turning it into a personal vendetta. The two helmers worked around the clock to complete the film in time for Cannes.

Another Swedish helmer unspooling his work in Cannes is Stig Bjorkman. Last year, he screened his Ingmar Bergman tribute “Images From the Playground” in the Cannes Classics section. Bjorkman now returns with another Bergman tribute, “… But Film Is My Mistress.” In this work, world-famous filmmakers – Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tsai Ming-liang, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin, Lars von Trier and Liv Ullmann – comment on never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Bergman at work. Ullmann is also the narrator.