Cinema for me is…
1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Curious, artistic, tolerant, laid-back, stylish, confident, sincere, cultured, thoughtful, dope!
2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: That I can sleep through any noise.
Worst quality: That I sleep through everything.
3. Your dream job?
Screenwriter/playwright/author (who somehow can afford and has time to travel and live around the world).
4. What do you like most about your country?
Its healthcare system.
5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Spinach pie (not sure if it’s particularly Danish, but I eat it a lot).
6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Der er ingen ko på isen.
Translates to: “There’s no cow on the ice”. You use it when everything is okay and there are no dangers ahead.
7. What European capital have you visited lately?
8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Culture, diversity, history.
10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Seven (David Fincher, 1995, US).
11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Øst For Paradis (East of Eden) in Århus. It’s where I grew up watching the films I couldn’t see anywhere else in my area (such as European indie films), and they bring culture to the city
Also, they serve wine instead of popcorn.
12. Who is your movie hero?
13. Which movie director would you like to be?
14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005, FR) – Majid scene (spoiler!).
There is a bit of tension as George irritated and impatient visits Majid, but in essense the scene feels rather ordinary. We might expect a small confrontation or argument coming, but before any tension is build, Majid cuts his own throat. It just happens, then and there. There’s no warning, and although not justice, there’s some sense of relief that Majid chose such and impactful, yet calm, way to go. Because surely nothing could traumatize George more than knowing that Majid wanted him present when he took his own life, that George in many ways was the cause of this death.
15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd, 2017, GB).
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1922, FR).
The Young Offenders (Peter Foott, 2016, IE).
16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Andrew from Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014, US).
17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Soundtrack to Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011, US) by Cliff Martinez.
18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001, GB).
19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Carey Mulligan or Steve Buscemi.
20. Which talent would you most like to have?
Understanding how to do my taxes properly.
21. What is your most treasured possession?
The rings I’ve collected through the years.
22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Moving to a different country (Scotland) by myself.
23. What is your motto?
It’s never too late to choose a new motto.