Italian for Beginners

Italian for Beginners (2000)

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  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 2000-12-07
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 111 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Language: Dansk
  • Production Company: Zentropa Entertainments
  • Production Country: Denmark, Sweden
  • Director: Lone Scherfig
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Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. The film, which unspools the connections and family drama shared between the students, complies with several aesthetic principles of Dogme 95 movement.

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  • Peter Gantzler

    as Jørgen Mortensen
  • Ann Eleonora Jørgensen

    as Karen
  • Anders W. Berthelsen

    as Andreas
  • Anette Støvelbæk

    as Olympia
  • Lars Kaalund

    as Hal-Finn
  • Sara Indrio Jensen

    as Giulia
  • Karen-Lise Mynster

    as Real Estate Dealer
  • Rikke Wölck

    as Nurse
  • Bent Mejding

    as Reverend Wredmann
  • Elsebeth Steentoft

    as Woman in Church
  • Lene Tiemroth

    as Karen's Mother
  • Claus Gerving

    as Klaus Graversen
  • Jesper Christensen

    as Olympia's Father
  • Carlo Barsotti

    as Marcello
  • Alex Nyborg Madsen

    as Church Singer #1 / Sportsman #1
  • Steen Svare

    as Church Singer #2 / Sportsman #2
  • Susanne Oldenburg

    as Lady
  • Martin Brygmann

    as Evening School Teacher
Production Karen Bentzon Line Producer
Editing Gerd Tjur Editor
Production Ib Tardini Producer
Camera Jørgen Johansson Director of Photography
Production Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Directing Lone Scherfig Director
Sound Rune Palving Original Music Composer
Writing Maeve Binchy Novel
Writing Lone Scherfig Screenplay
Production Gert Duve Skovlund Executive Producer
Production Marianne Moritzen Executive Producer
Production Vinca Wiedemann Executive Producer
Production Lars von Trier Associate Producer
Production William Knuttel Unit Production Manager
Directing Niels Reiermann Assistant Director