Masterclass: How it’s done in Denmark: a study on the production of Armadillo

May 11th 2011
Kinoteka, 6 PM

Film: Armadillo
Director: Janus Metz,
Denmark, 2010
91 min.

Not only is Armadillo the biggest documentary success of 2010, it is also the first documentary film to win the Critics Week's Grand Prize at Cannes IFF. In Denmark, a country with a population 5.5 million, the film gathered an audience of 155 thousand. Its Polish premiere is scheduled for May 13, 2011.

Janus Metz, director of Armadillo and Michael Haslund, Danish Film Institute consultant who had contributed to the film, will lead the discussion about the film's production process.

The masterclass will focus on the difficulties encountered during the filming and production of Armadillo. We will deliberate if a similar project could be made in Poland and try to understand why it it was not the Poles, whose military mission in Afghanistan and number of casualties are much larger than that of the Danes.

Yet another issue that will be considered is the worldwide success of Danish documentary film-making and the reasons behind it. Denmark may be a small country in numbers, yet each year Danish documentaries are screened in both competition sections at IDFA in Amsterdam and included in programs of such festivals as Cannes, Sundance and the Berlinale.

The masterclass will be supplemented with selected fragments of three other Danish documentaries, all of which are featured in this year's edition of PLANETE DOC festival (Erotic Man by Jorgen Leth, Good Life by Eva Mulvad and Blood in the Mobile by Frank Paulsen-Piasecki).