Cinema Paradiso back in the park

Once again it’s that magical time of year: summer, and with it, one thing that’s bound to return annually with the rising sun and the smell of sweet grass. No, I am not referring to the relentless chirping of birds in the early morning or the vicious attack of pollen. Nor the mad summer downpour that’s sure to cause delayed trains and flooded basements, or the incredibly sticky humidity that follows. I am referring to the wonderful, absolutely free-of -charge Zulu Summer Cinema.

Over the past few years, the Zulu Summer Cinema has travelled far and wide across the country to bring the good people of Denmark some of the best movies of the past year. For those who are unfamiliar with Zulu Summer Cinema, the concept is quite simple: the Zulu TV channel kicks off the Summer Cinema by showing a movie on its channel every day of the week at 20:50. Then, by July 22, the channel takes the show on the road, travelling across Denmark showing films in open spaces, such as parks or beaches.

The idea is so simple, yet quite brilliant. There are not many things better than gathering on a warm summer’s night, with good friends in tow and a picnic basket containing a beer or two, to watch a good movie in the Danish summer twilight.

This year, the programme starts in Aarlborg on July 22 before moving to Ebeltoft, Aarhus, Vejle, Sønderborg and, finally, Copenhagen on August 11.

Zulu Summer Cinema
Fælledparken, Cph Ø; films on Aug 11, 13, 15 & 16; free adm;

Moonrise Kingdom
InOut last September gave four stars to Wes Anderson’s comedy about two youngsters who go AWOL on a small New England island in the 1960s.

Fælledparken; Aug 11, 21:15

The most popular James Bond film ever. From Adele’s Oscar-winning opening track to the shocking ending, Sam Mendes reached for the sky and delivered an unforgettable addition to the franchise.

Fælledparken; Aug 13, 21:15


Django Unchained
InOut in January gave Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western five stars, although many felt the film would have benefited from losing the final 30 minutes – particularly the scenes in which Tarantino attempts a South African accent – which sees it culminate in one of the bloodiest shootouts in the history of cinema. A shame because up until that point the film is excellent thanks to Tarantino’s witty script and stellar performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz.

Fælledparken; Aug 15, 21:15

Surprise choice
Whoopee, a surprise choice – why bother with agonising over what to see when you can just take a lucky dip. After all: the film critics – what do they know?

Fælledparken; Aug 16, 21:15

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