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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2015 - 17.26 July

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Category: Edition 2015

The Shamer’s daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother's supernatural ability. She can look straight into the soul of other people, making them feel ashamed of themselves. When the sole heir to the throne is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, Dina's mother is lured to Dunark under false pretences to make him confess. Neglecting to use her ability for the wrong purposes, she is taken prisoner. It is now up to Dina to uncover the truth of the murders, but soon she finds herself whirled into a dangerous power struggle with her own life at risk. In a medieval fantasy world with Dragons and Witchcraft, Dina and her family are thrown into the adventure of a lifetime in order to put the rightful heir to the Kingdom of Dunark on the Throne.

Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 96'
Nationality Denmark
Directed by Kenneth Kainz
Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen
Based on the book “The Shamer's Daughter” (“Skammerens datter”)
by Lene Kaaberbøl
Director of photography Lasse Frank
Editor Nicolaj Monberg
Production Design Waldemar Kalinowski
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov, Henry Michaelsen
Music Jeppe Kaas
Main cast Rebecca Emilie Sattrup (Dina)
Jakob Oftebro (Nicodemus)
Maria Bonnevie (Melussina)
Peter Plaugborg (Drakan)
Allan Hyde (Davin)
Austa Lea Jespersen (Adela)
Produced by Nina Lyng, Eva Juel Hammerich

Kenneth-Kainz regOK

Kenneth Kainz
Born 1970, Elsinore (Denmark). In 1999 he graduated from the National Film School of Denmark, with the diploma short film A RARE BIRD (EN SJÆLDEN FUGL). In 2006 he directed his first feature film, PURE HEARTS (RENE HJERTER). Afterwards he made the feature film THERAPY (PARTERAPI, 2010) and the animated feature film OTTO THE RHINO (OTTO ER ET NÆSEHORN, 2013).

Director’s statement
“When my father and I walked out of Scala Bio in Aalborg in the summer of 1978, we both knew that we had just experienced something special and extraordinary. The two of us had just entered an entirely different world and yet experienced something quite close to us. We had witnessed a grand space adventure so down to earth that it seemed quite realistic. How could it feel so ingenuous when everything was created? Did the force really exist? Did any habitable planets with two suns exist? We had both just discovered it. This was a defining moment for me, and it is one of the reasons why I work with storytelling for the silver screen.

“In ‘The Shamer’s Daughter’, Lene Kaaberbøl has created a universe, where I was able to recall that sensation of being far, far away and at the same time being surrounded by characters that seem candid and genuine with quite compelling everyday dilemmas. It was evident that the story of Dina who reluctantly accepts her identity, a story set in a marvellous and adventurous world with dragons and supernatural abilities insisted on being brought to the silver screen.

“Despite the fact that we are in a fantasy world, one of the main qualities of the book is the honest description of the characters’ inner turmoil, which translates into true feelings. The characters have vital existential problems that tip the story towards the more serious, dramatic and creepy but that also make it epic, adventurous and fantastic. As an audience we do not know what happens to Dina beforehand, so we are as surprised, frightened and enthusiastic as her, when she faces new friends or foes. I want to portray a young person – a small person – who stumbles through a grand, violent and confusing world, while being introduced to the complexities of the world and learning to be the best version of her. The visual perspective and my fascination is the gifted child in this fantastical world and not the fantastical world with a child in it. Adapting a novel means compromises, but it was paramount to me to maintain the tone of Lene Kaaberbøl’s work. It is a tough and dark novel, so it must be a tough and dark film, but both are full of hope and we never turn off the light.

“With my grown up experience I have made a film that the child in me wants to see. And in all modesty I hope to grant any child and its parents a wonderful moment they can share and hopefully as insightful an experience as I had with my father back in 1978”.

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