Denmark – Sinead Shahrzad, Grand Teatret (Copenhagen)

Denmark - Sinead Shahrzad

Cinema for me is…

Sinead in 23 Frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Creative, passionate, impulsive, artistic, empathetic, soft, patient, curious, dramatic and a bit silly.

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best: I’m willing to try out a lot of things.
Worst: I’m a perfectionist.

3. Your dream job?
Film director or something within the film world.

4. What do you like most about your country?
Copenhagen and how easy-going life is.

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Smørrebrød – mmmm… delicious.

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Uuuhhm… Klap lige hesten? The literally traduction is ‘Pet the horse’ and means calm down or ‘hold your horses’.

7. What European capital have you visited lately?
Hmm capital? London last September.

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Collaboration, unity and opportunity.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
I honestly don’t remember. I feel like I’ve always been in love with cinema.

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Kinopalæet in Lyngby, Denmark. It’s close to my hometown and holds a lot of great memories for me.

12. Who is your movie hero?
Ellen Ripley.

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
Stanley Kubrick or Luca Guadagnino.

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
Judy becomes Madeleine.
Scottie enters the room as Judy is finishing up her new look. In an attempt to make her appear more like his beloved Madeleine, he asks Judy to pin her hair up. She withdraws to the bathroom, and Scottie starts to impatiently walk through the flat. He is restless with anticipation and suspense. The music reaches its peak, as Judy re-enters the room, bathed in a green light and appearing almost ghost like. The resemblance is striking, and a mixture of relief, love and sorrow is evident on Scottie’s face as the camera continuously cuts between him and Judy slowly approaching him. He is seeing the image of death, a ghost, but most importantly his long-lost love. His immoral creation of afterlife does not immediately seem to affect him, as he continues to stare his disbelief, but he finally becomes overwhelmed with emotions as he draws her in for a tight embrace – Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, US).

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Den skyldige (Gustav Möller, 2018, DK)
Gräns (Ali Abbasi, 2018, DK)
The Square (Ruben Ostlund, 2018, SE)

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Po from Kung Fu Panda (Mark Osborne, 2008, US).

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
I can’t choose! Either the soundtrack from Perfume: The story of a murderer (Tom Tykwer, 2006, DE), Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, US ), Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014, US), Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018, IT) or Les 400 coups (François Truffaut, 1959, FR).

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Probably a Hayao Miyazaki film. Life seems so innocent and serene in his films.

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Hopefully a young Catherine Zeta-Jones!

20. Which talent would you most like to have?
To be amazing at writing and creating creative stories.

21. What is your most treasured possession?
My camera, even though its microphone is the worst!

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being chosen for this opportunity!

23. What is your motto?
“It doesn’t hurt to try”.

Sinead Shahrzad is the Ambassador of Grand Teatret. Find out more about the Cinema here.