Director and screenwriter Bille August, winner of Oscar and two Palme d’Or Awards, and film critic Nina Tsyrkun talk about film adaptations of literature in Danish cinema and their congeniality to the Russian audience.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, a number of literary adaptations have traditionally been filmed in Denmark. Director Bille August, who works in Danish cinema since the 70s, continues this tradition, often filming historical novels that are significant for the country's culture. His works, participated at major international festivals, brought Danish cinema to hight world level before Dogma 95
appeared, but even after it did, August didn't stray from the course and continued working in parallel cinema. Why film adaptations of the novels attract the Director and why are they so close to Russian audience, who are well acquainted with the literature-centric culture?