Culture Round-Up: Denmark decides on Oscar submission

No wonder ‘Skyggen i mit øje’ has lost out to ‘Flugt’ to be Denmark’s official Oscar submission

Denmark has submitted the animated work ‘Flugt’ as its official Oscar nomination in the Best International Film category.

It will find out on December 21 whether it has made a shortlist of nine films, and on February 8 whether it is in the final five.

Oscars next March 27
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, it relates the story of Amin, a LGBT Afghan refugee who arrived in Denmark in the 1990s.

Next year’s Oscars will take place on March 27. Indiewire has named it among the frontrunners for the award.  

Niels Bohr medals up for grabs at auction tomorrow
Two gold medals won by the Danish atomic physicist Niels Bohr will be going under the hammer on Tuesday November 2, the auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen has confirmed. The first is a medal of merit awarded by Christian X, which has an estimate of 50,000 kroner. The second is the Atoms for Peace Gold Medal, which Bohr won inaugurally in 1957. In the following 12 years, it was awarded a further nine times. The auction house, which has given the medal an estimate of 180,000-220,000 kroner, is located at Baltikavej 10 in Nordhavn. Also up for grabs are a great array of historic coins, including some rare ‘bolds’ minted by Christiania. The auction starts at 10:00.

Academic charged with throwing king’s bust into harbour
An academic has been charged with throwing the bust of Frederik V into Copenhagen Harbour in 2020. Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, who lost her job as head of department at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts when it emerged she had performed the act “in solidarity with the people who live with the aftermath of Danish colonialism”, has been charged with aggravated vandalism, as well as causing “several students to inadvertently and jointly” take part. The academy’s council is reportedly seeking compensation for the act, which allegedly caused 44,350 kroner’s worth of damage.

Could Læsø’s seaweed roofs end up on UNESCO World Heritage List?
Læsø Municipality has applied for inclusion on the Danish tentative heritage list – citing its special relationships with salt and seaweed. Læsø, which is located off the northeast coast of Jutland, is well known for its seaweed roofs and historic salt production. The culture minister, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, has already said its inclusion will be a formality as it “has world heritage potential”. Accordingly, it is believed it will be put forward for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Best European university for engineering … again
Aalborg University is the best university for engineering in Europe, according to the 2022 Best Global Universities list compiled by the US News & World Report. It is the fifth time that the university has topped the ranking. Globally it ranks eighth. Additionally, it is the best in Europe and fourth best in the world for electrical and electronic engineering.

Cricket nets to be established at Kløvermarken playing fields
Some 200,000 kroner has been set aside to construct bowling nets on the Kløvermarken playing fields, which are used by three local sides to play cricket. The facility will enable players to practise batting and bowling in the safety that passers-by won’t be hit by the ball.

Culture minister has Facebook in her sights
Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, the culture minister, is adamant that controlling misinformation on social media platforms such as Facebook is her biggest challenge in the job. She contends that girls and young women are particularly vulnerable. “We have got giants who are inside the heads of our children, damage our well-being and polarise our conversation,” she told Politiken. Skewed body images, misinformation about corona and other fake news are of huge concern, she added.