year 2005 length 87' color 35mm country Denmark
directed by Christoffer Boe
Screenplay Christoffer Boe, Mikael Wulff
Cast Ulrich Thomsen (Zetterstrøm), Helena Christensen (Andrea), Svetoslav Korolev (young Zetterstrøm), Benedikte Hansen (piano teacher)
Cinematography Manuel Alberto Claro
Art direction Nikolaj Danielsen
Editing Peter Brandt
Costume design Gabi Humnicki
Music Thomas Knak
Producer Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Production Alphaville Production Copenhagen
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After a long absence, famous pianist Zetterstrøm returns from New York to his native Copenhagen on the occasion of a gala concert.
A perfectionist by nature, he has one major personal flaw; he has lost the memory of his past.
But when he is contacted by a messenger from a mysterious off-limits “zone” in the middle of the city, he connects with what lies behind him, what made him run away: his love for the captivating Andrea.
He hopes for the past to come back to him but the “zone” does not sell dreams... it leads him to remembrance of things past.
The story narrated by Christoffer Boe can be told in a variety of ways: as a journey into memory, as a rite of initiation, or as an educational story. Stalker and Wild Strawberries, Dreyer and Tonino Guerra, come to mind. Yet in the end, what stays with me most is the unmistakable style of a filmmaker who seems destined to metamorphose the rules of storytelling and expressive form. If contemporary Nordic cinema, and in particular Danish cinema, constitutes the latest in European culture, then this young director seems capable of establishing some radical changes, suggesting a new way of looking at the world and mankind.