Danish on a Sunday
There’s more to Danish cinema than Lars Von Trier and Dogme, but scratching at the surface of the local film industry can be tough for an English-speaker.
But fret not! Cinemateket screens a classic or hit film from Denmark with English subtitles twice a month, through its ‘Danish on a Sunday’ programme. The idea is to introduce non-Danish speaking audiences to films they might not have heard of.
Kicking off on January 10, the year’s first screening is Vampyr, a 1932 vampire film from world-renowned director Carl Th. Dreyer (left). Erotically charged and hypnotic, the story follows a mysterious series of killings in an eerie manor where a young man is confronted with the possibility of a supernatural murderer. With its non-professional cast and disorienting visual effects, international critics still hail iit as one of history’s greatest horror films.
But it’s not all black and white movies. Psychedelic colours will pop on the screen when Cinemateket screens the 2014 hit “Itsi Bitsi” on January 24. The film transports viewers to the 1960s as a young man transforms himself from poet, to writer, junkie, nomad and eventually the lead singer of hit Danish band Steppeulvene, all for the love of a woman.
And if you were hoping that ‘Danish on a Sunday’ was an event dedicated to delicious flaky pastry, take heart – before the screening, there’s a special cake and coffee offer in next door’s Restaurant Sult downstairs.
Danish on a Sunday
1123 København K
A hot broth is the best antidote to a cold climate. But despite its long winters, Copenhagen has been slow to embrace the global thirst for ramen, a Japanese noodle soup made from hearty stock with endless topping possibilities.
Fortunately, craft-beer juggernaut Mikkeller has teamed up with local Japanese restaurateur Daisuke Uki to open Ramen to Birru in Nørrebro.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, one-half of the team behind Mikkeller microbrewery, says the new restaurant pays homage to the unique culture of ramen dining in Japan. “Ramen bars are unpretentious and efficient, but they serve damn good food,” he said to AOK. “I also like that you can enjoy ramen alone on the way home after a long day at work, or slurp it standing up with your friends, ten minutes before the film starts.”
But he maintains that the beer is more than a mere sidekick to accompany the dish.
“All Ramen bars in Japan serve beer. We will serve ice-cold beers full of character and body, which are specially created for Ramen to Birru, and which will contrast with the warm noodles.”
This dedication to recreating an authentic Japanese experience even saw the restaurant fly chef Takuro Otani from Sapporo to Denmark, where he spent several months refining the soups.
Other nods to the soup’s birthplace include an order machine installed at the entrance, which takes ramen requests and spits out meal tickets. “Basically, we have made a soup that tastes good enough that people will buy it,” said Otani to AOK. “All the extra things are just a bonus.”
Ramen to Biiru
Once the lowly dockyard suburb south of Vesterbro, the latter’s cool café and bar culture is spilling over into neighbouring Sydhavn. The latest offering is Rallys, a laidback, cosy joint serving up coffee and toast by day and beers by night.
It’s the namesake of owner Daniel Rally Danielsen, a photographer who learned the industry ropes as a former bartender at Vesterbro institution Mkluud, a smoky bodega with cowboy overtones. But it’s always been his dream to open his own place with a more relaxed atmosphere, and Danielsen sensed that there was big potential in the area’s unpretentious, rough-around-the-edges charm. “Sydhavn is awesome,” he quips.
Danielsen put a lot of love into the café-bar and built it up himself, a laborious project which took the better part of 2015 and lends the place its homely vibe.
Though newly-minted, Rallys’ is quickly amassing local customers and has slated an official opening party, open to all, for January 30.
2450 København SV