Flickering Lights - Anders Thomas Jensen - Denmark



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Flickering Lights (Blinkende lygter, 2000)

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Ulrich Thomas
Genre: Drama, comedy, action


Four criminals want to change their lives but maybe it is too late to turn around. Torkild is the leader of a gang and his 40th birthday turns out to be a rollercoaster of emotions and developments. His girlfriend leaves him; he almost kills a couple of friends, andhe is offered the chance to pay a long-time debt in what is to be his biggest crime ever. Eurochannel premieres Flickering Lights.

Directed by Academy Award winner filmmaker, Anders Thomas Jensen, Flickering Lights is the directorial debut of this successful screenwriter instrumental in many of the key films of the Dogme 95 movement. In the movie, Torkild and three friends are on the run after stealing almost 500,000 euros. They are tired of the criminal life and think of running to Barcelona for a bit of peace . . .but things will not go as expected.

With a style described as a cross between Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, director Anders Thomas Jensen turned Flickering Lights into a blockbuster both shocking and funny, violent and gentle. A critic’s favorite, the movie was a major success in its native Denmark and is frequently selected in polls as the greatest film in Danish cinema.

Enriching the marvelous story is an A-list cast led by the Hollywood favorite, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale, among others), who portrays the most violent character of the group. In this production, the talents of Mikkelsen are a delight for those eager to see him acting in his native tongue.


Four small-time criminals from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they steal over 4,000,000 Danish crowns which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona, they are forced to stop in the countryside, in an old, wrecked house, hiding there for several weeks. Slowly, one after another, they realize that they would like to stay there, starting a new life, renovating the house and makingit into a restaurant. But their past eventually catches up with them.

Festivals and Awards:

• Robert Festival
 - Audience Award - Winner
 - Best Cinematography - Winner
 - Best Film- Nominated
 - Best Actor- Nominated
 - Best Screenplay- Nominated
 - Best Editing- Nominated
 - Best Make-up - Nominated
 - Best Original Score - Nominated

Bodil Awards
 - Best Film - Nominated
 - Best Actor - Nominated
 - Best Supporting Actor - Nominated

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