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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1991 - 27 July.4 August

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Category: Edition 1991

Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her mother talking about how tragic it must be to have your child kidnapped, Emma decides to stage her own kidnapping. She soon meets Malthe, a kindhearted, child-like, naïve sewer cleaner who literally stumbles on to her. She convinces Malthe that she is a Russian princess whose family is being chased by Bolsheviks, so Malthe lets Emma stay with him in his very modest abode. After being "kidnapped" for a few days, Emma decides to return home. But, just as she is about to return, she overhears a couple of servants talking about how her parents don't seem to be very upset over her dilemma. She then returns to Malthe, and a close bond soon develops between Emma and Malthe. Meanwhile, the police are finally called and begin their investigation. Emma writes a ransom note for $2,000, and her father pays it.

Original Title Skyggen af Emma
Italian Title L'Ombra di Emma
Category Out of competition
Section Tribute to Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 99'
Production Year 1988
Nationality Denmark
Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Screenplay Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Music Thomas Lindahl
Main cast Line Kruse, Börje Ahlstedt, Erik Wedersøe

 regista Søren Kragh JacobsenSØREN KRAGH-JACOBSEN

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born on 2 March 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark and is one of the country's most respected directors and co-inventor of the "dogme95" project. After becoming a popular musician, he attended film school in Prague and returned to his home country where he made his first feature film Vil du se min smukke navle? (1978).