Carl Th. Dreyer takes center stage at CPHPIX
On April 12th 2012 Lynch Company will present the world premiere of the film-theatre work 'DREYER, The Tyrannical Dane' in association with CPHPIX and Nordisk Film.
'Dreyer , The Tyrannical Dane', which will open CPHPIX, is a tribute to a film director Carl Theodor Dreyer, who was labeled as a tyrannical sadist, a misunderstood genius and one of the world's greatest film makers ever.
A crossover of film and theater
Who was this enigmatic Dane, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and how did his films become world famous? This theatre-film work uses live stage performance and
film, to explore Dreyer's own fascination with the struggle and power of women and the transformational magic of light and composition. The production is written specially to be performed during CPHPIX and to be staged in a cinema. With live performance in front of a cinema screen subtitled in English, it makes full use of the space of the cinema.
In the legend's own house
''DREYER, The Tyrannical Dane' is performed in 'Dagmar Teatret'. Dreyer was managing director of this historical Danish cinema for 16 years until his death in 1968. It was here that the leading actor in this production, Baard Owe, met Dreyer for the first time at the casting for Dreyer's last movie 'Gerturde' (1964). Now some 50 years later, at the age of 75, Owe plays the part of Dreyer.
Uncompromising sadist or artistic genius?
It was an article from 1951, that gave Dreyer the reputation of having sadistic tendencies, because of his methods to evoke the right tortured expressions from the female actors in his films. Portraits of tormented women in films such as 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' (1928) and 'Days of Wrath' (1943) are without a doubt unforgettably realistic, but can also be seen as the work of a true artist. One thing is for sure, Dreyer created films that were decades ahead of their time, and was an enigma in his lifetime and a legend after his death.
'DREYER, The Tyrannical Dane' is performed during CPH PIX April 12-29 in The Dagmar Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Festival Director at CPH PIX, Jacob Neiiendam, firstname.lastname@example.org / +45 2618 8865 www.cphpix.dk
Lynch Company, Paw Petersen, email@example.com / +45 3147 3444