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You are in: Home > 2015. 63rd Edition  > Festival Diary > A versatile jury president with a great sense of humour
A versatile jury president with a great sense of humour
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Winner of the Best Actress Award at last year’s Festival for Bille August’s Silent Heart, the Danish actress and director Paprika Steen is delighted to be back in San Sebastián as President of the Official Jury. Having been here several times since 2002, she grown really fond of the Festival: “it’s just the best place to be.” She says that she has already established a good relationship with the other jurors, despite the fact that they are all very different people and that the language barrier sometime causes problems. “But we laugh a lot and tease each other. It’s really important to have a sense of humour.”

Asked about Dogme, the movement that made her name internationally after she appeared in the first three Dogme films The Idiots, Festen and Mifune’s Last Song, she confesses that she really misses those days. “It was like a family that’s not there anymore.” Dogme was a kind of film school for her and she claims that even when she acts and directs in more traditional films, she takes a lot of the lessons that she learnt from that technique with her.

As for the roles she most likes to play, she says that what she enjoys doing as she gets older is playing ordinary characters because as a theatre actress she always aims to show the mysteries and secrets that mundane people hide behind the façade that they keep up. “I love it when I can make an ordinary person like a housewife tell a story that we all have.”

Outside Danish cinema she says she’s love to work with some really big icons like Paul Thomas Anderson or Terrence Mallick. She likes directors who make, “hugely-controlled films that when you see them as an audience you feel are chaotic, and from scene to scene you’re drawn into another kind of world.”

She’s currently developing a script with a scriptwriter that she hopes to act in and direct herself, as it’s been a while since she‘s been on the other side of the camera and she really missesit. She’s also going to do a play that she want to make into a film later about the great Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen, who is a national treasure in Denmark but is little-known abroad. She felt she never got the recognition she deserved and tragically ended up taking her own life.

ALLAN OWEN

 

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