Culture Round-Up: Starlet smashes record as youngest winner of the Bodil for best actress

However, Mads Mikkelsen’s joy at winning Best Actor is tempered by disappointing reviews of his new film ‘Chaos Walking’

For the first time since the pandemic, the Danish film industry held a physical gathering for the 74th Bodil Prizes, which took place at Folketeatret in Copenhagen over the weekend.

Another round … and a new order
Unsurprisingly, Thomas Vinterberg’s  ‘Druk’ (‘Another Round’) won another three awards, but if there was a surprise, it came in the Best Female Leading Actor category, which 13-year old Kaya Toft Loholt won for her role in ‘En Helt Almindelig Familie’ (‘A Perfectly Normal Family’).

By winning Loholt has smashed the record for the youngest actress to ever receive the award. “I was so dead nervous on stage. I do not think I understand! It will probably take some time. It’s hard to put into words,” she said after the show.

Rooted in truth
Inspired by director Malou Reymann’s own upbringing as a child with a transgender father, the story centres on the strained relationship between Emma (Loholt) and her father (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), who comes out as a transgender woman and transforms into Agnete. The film was
shot three years ago when Loholt was only 10 years old.

“It’s insanely nerve-wracking to do something that is so close to real life, so it’s great to get the recognition,” said Reymann.

More Danes using streaming platforms
Some 60 percent of Danes aged 15-75 have access to Netflix, according to a new report on streaming platforms compiled by Kantar Gallup. Its Digital Life survey for 2020 also reveals that 93 percent of the group are aware of Netflix, and that the average Dane has access to three streaming services that require direct payment. Among the other findings: the most likely age group to use streaming platforms are aged 15-24, 38 percent have access to Spotify, and DRTV is also popular.

DEILIG! Dining experience based on the life and stories of HC Andersen
HC Andersen’s House will open up with a brand new museum cafe this summer break. The deli DEILIG is an integrated concept dreamed up by Meyers, the company founded by chef and entrepreneur Claus Meyer, and the museum. It will offer a “gastronomic exploration a la Andersen” – dining experiences based on HC Andersen’s life and stories. “We cannot just make a sandwich that is a detached supplement to a cultural experience,” enthused Meyer. “We have to go straight into the engine room and work within his universe of fairy tales, objects and narratives, pulling everything off the shelves of the exhibition and straight into our pots.” The name ‘DEILIG’ is inspired by a 1860 Andersen fairy-tale. 

WWII empty bunker comes back to life
A bunker from WWII found in Frederiksberg has been transformed into an art gallery. Discovered by Rebekka Meyer in her garden, she decided she’d like to use the space to showcase the works of female artists. The result is Platform BUNKER. “There’s a lack of untraditional art in Copenhagen,” she told TV2. Following the recent lifting of corona restrictions, visitors can now book a time to enjoy the exhibition, or enjoy a 360 virtual tour of the bunker exhibition here.

Capital’s tourism crisis not over yet
Hotel booking figures for Copenhagen recently fell to a record low of around 85 percent below normal. Lower than last summer. “The capital’s tourism crisis is far from over,” explained Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, the CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen. “The figures for last year speak for themselves, and now the catastrophic summer is threatening to repeat itself. It goes without saying that the consequences for the profession are enormous, and with a normal turnover of 53 billion kroner and 63,000 employees before COVID-19, the crisis in the capital’s tourism extends far beyond the tourism industry.”

Mads Mikkelsen’s new movie ‘Chaos Walking’ receives harsh reviews
Since its premiere on May 6, Mads Mikkelsen’s new movie, ‘Chaos Walking’, has received terrible reviews and critics. The movie is a science fiction western set on an unexplored planet, where inner thoughts can be heard and seen by everyone. Most critics have been disappointed by a “ultra-bland” film that is a “waste of talents”. With just 23 on Rotten Tomatoes and 38 on Metacritic, few are recommending it.