Open Hearts this October

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have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Open Hearts for 6th October 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. This Dogme film comes from Danish director Susanne Bier and is about four people and their sudden, unanticipated encounter with the power of love and the fragility of life. The DVD release offers the following features...

  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, English SDH subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary
  • San Sebastian Film Festival featurette – including press conference footage
  • Four Deleted Scenes (with and without commentary)
  • Music tracks from soundtrack
  • Picture Gallery
  • Ten cast and crew biographies
  • Trailers

From the PR:

What happens when fate snaps its fingers and turns life upside down? The award winning* Open Hearts is about four people and their sudden, unanticipated encounter with the power of love and the fragility of life.

Cecilie (Sonja Richter) and Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are young and in love. They are soon to be married and are looking forward to a bright future together. Suddenly, fate steps in and things begin to go wrong for the couple as their lives change dramatically. Meanwhile, their lives are on a collision course with an older married couple Marie (Paprika Steen) and Niels (Mads Mikkelsen) generating a spiral of conflict.

Relationships are tested to the limit when Niels falls passionately in love with Cecilie, raising the question of whether they are willing to give up everything they hold precious for the sake of love. One thing is for sure: nothing can ever be the same again …

Open Hearts is about losing control, looking life in the face, and having the courage to pursue love.

Open Hearts draws together the cream of Danish talent, including director SUSANNE BIER and actors Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Paprika Steen. Between them the stars of more than fifty Danish hits, they join forces with the prolific Mads Mikkelson, who is a star of c. twenty movies. Mikkelson recently made the breakthrough into mainstream film roles in the screen version of Shakespeare’s King Arthur, starring alongside a host of British talent.

Open Hearts is filmed using the conventions of the Dogme95 movement. A Dogme95 film doesn’t use any props or sets, fixed cameras (only handheld), special effects (whether audio or visual), and, above all, doesn’t conform to any existing film genre. Dogme95 proved that it is possible to dispense with the conventions of storytelling and film-making, while producing beautifully directed and intelligently moving films. Open Hearts is only the ninth of the 25 certificated Dogme95 films from this revolutionary movement to have been released in the UK.

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