This weekend I’ve been looking for the Lego I won when I visited Legoland in Denmark when I was 9. Can’t find him. Don’t know where he’s gone. It was a man in a little jeep with a trailer that had a blue motorcycle on it. I won it because they liked the whale I made in the Lego pool when I was there.
Anyway, why Lego? Well, we’ve been thinking all things Danish recently – our next film will be provided by the Danish Film Institute, and we do like the Danish way of doing things. It is a lovely place – the people are friendly, tolerant and downright sensible. Copenhagen has a very relaxed vibe – loads of stylish cyclists and coffee shops. Can you really beat Danish design? And they’re very good at making films too.
Dane Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of the founders of cinema. In 1928 he made The Passion of Joan of Arc, now widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece. Skip forward a bit (I’m sure there was lots of good stuff in between) and in 1995, directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg wrote the Dogme 95 Manifesto. This was a naturalistic approach to filmmaking that shunned elaborate special effects and unrealistic dramas, turning instead to stripped-down storytelling (literally in von Trier’s 1998 The Idiots).
Since then, von Trier’s become very successful with films like Dogville, Antichrist and Melancholia, we’ve had TV dramas Borgen and The Killing, and Denmark is officially the happiest nation in the world. Vinterberg made Festen and more recently The Hunt. And in 2010, Submarino, which is looking likely to beat The Good Life and Superclásico in our poll (voting closes 8pm Monday 6 May) and be the next film we screen with some Lego building and a whole lot of hygge.
So tak Denmark! We think you’re great.