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The four directors behind the Dogme95 Manifesto – Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring – has accepted an invitation to direct a 4 x 70 minutes film which is to take place in Denmark during the last night of the Millennium. The 4 x 70 minutes will be broadcast simultaneously on four national tv-channels on January 1st, 2000 at 19:30 PM Copenhagen time, immediately following the New Year’s speech by the Danish Prime Minister. The intention is for viewers at home to edit their own unique film by zapping between the four national tv-stations. It is the first time ever in Danish history that a joint project is broadcast simultaneously by all 4 national tv-stations: DR-TV, TV2, TV3 and TVDanmark. The films will be shot on New Year’s Eve 2000 in ’real time’, meaning that no editing of the material will take place. Each of the four directors are to create a character and subsequently choose an actor or actress to portrait this fictional invention. The characters are to represent Danes meeting at the brink of the new Millennium. The directors will invent the dramatic plot of the films jointly. Thus, rules of interrelation and interaction among the characters will be agreed in advance. The four actors/actresses will be in live contact with their individual director through direct intercom (microphone). Each of the four players shall be followed by a camera-team which using a special technique will send the signals back to the directors in such way that each of them simultaneously sees what each camera registers. The directors shall not be present at the locations but shall direct the fictional ’game’ from joint headquarters – a common control room. Apart from editing his or her individual New Year film through zapping from channel to channel the viewers can change to additional channels for a split-screen overview of each of the four films in progress. Other channels will allow viewers an over-the-shoulder view of the directors in action at HQ. In 2001, a 66 minute TV-Film, was cut by Valdis Óskarsdóttir, taking footage from all 4 directors’ 70 minute run.


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Director: Thomas Vinterberg  

Producer:  Bo Ehrhardt   Martin Abildgaard  

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Cast: Nicolaj Kopernikus, Jesper Asholt, Dejan Cukic og Charlotte Sachs Bostrup

Release: January 1, 2000

Status: Bluray / DVD / VOD

Genre: Drama

Language: Dansk

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