On our first visit to Nordborg Bio I said I would be back. And I have been back – but only last week did I make it to a filmelskerfilm!
Filmelskerfilms are films for the film lovers (as the Danish word actually says). They are typically either films that are less popular, or films in a foreign language. This last part is what has made it difficult for me to attend such a night: I don’t understand Danish too well to read subtitles, and my grasp of foreign languages (Persian? Spanish?) is not that great either!
As they say, patience is rewarded (sometimes). I made it there this week with the film The Artist, about the silent movie star George Valentin. The film actually won 5 Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year. What (I think) made it qualify for a filmelskerfilm night is that it is a silent movie (in the vast majority), and this is exactly why I could understand it.
So what makes filmelskerfilm nights special?
You get to watch a film that might not be as easy to find in a mainstream cinema. You get to watch a film you might not otherwise have thought about going to see, and see it with like-minded people while supporting a worthwhile project (Nordborg Bio is a project run by volunteers). And if that doesn’t count for much with you? You get to watch a film at a cheaper price than normal AND get a free glass of wine. That is surely worth it on its own!