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Activities - 13/10/2011


27 Times Cinema - The Portraits - Christoffer Ostergaard - Grand Teatret - Copenhagen - Denmark


Could you introduce yourself and tell us who you are and what you do?

I am 22 years old and I currently reside in Copenhagen. Two years ago I moved away from Hjørring, a small provincial town in North Jutland, to begin studying English at the University of Copenhagen. In the upcoming semester, I am going to study film and media. At the present, I work at the Translation Center of the University of Copenhagen as a student assistant.

How long have you been going to the cinema? When you were a child, did you go with your parents? Or did you go with school, as part of a special educational program?

I have been going to the cinema as far back as I can remember. The first film I saw was probably Bambi, which my mother took me to see as part of a film program for children. Looking back, I also faintly recall attending various film programs when I went to primary school.

Why do you like cinema?

I have a lot of respect for the film medium. It has the potential to explore just about anything in (and out of) this world, and when this potential is fulfilled, it can be a particularly powerful experience. Like any art, a film can challenge you and your perception and invoke powerful emotions, affect you and fill you with awe. If a film manages to do any of the above, I believe it has to be successful.

Why do you prefer cinema to other media or to books, for example?

A book, an audio book, a comic book, a TV series or any other medium has the exact same amount of potential to make an impression as a film does, but each of them has different strengths. For instance, a book stimulates the imagination and, in comparison, a film combines auditory and visual components and become a far more tangible experience. But the film medium has always been a powerful inspiration for me.

Tell us what type of cinema or which kind of films you prefer? Which films are particularly important to you? What are your 3 favorite films? 


I was brought up watching American films. My brother introduced me to the early Batman films by Tim Burton and the Star Wars film series. My mother let me watch the first three Alien films even though I was far too young. Among others, these films laid the foundations for my interest in film.
In 2006, I saw Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain with my sister, and we both found it to be an awe-inspiring film. I discovered that it challenged me intellectually, emotionally and, surprisingly, spiritually. Christopher Nolan's Memento was an impressive film, leaving a deep impression on me when I saw it. It also taught me a lot about narrative structure and the construction of a story that at no point feels contrived.
I found it very difficult to choose my final favorite… but when I looked at my film collection, I remembered that Tomas Alfredson's Låt Den Rette Komma In was revelatory in the way it managed to be unpredictable even though it followed a well-known formula.

What do you think of European cinema?  What does European cinema represent for you?

As seen from my top three favorite films, my favorite films are primarily American but I also thoroughly enjoy European cinema. The potential to make a great film is not determined by its place of origin, but the stylistic and narrative choices are very different from continent to continent. Over the last couple of decades, Europe has gained a lot of great directors, and the industry is blooming with the releases of many great films from Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany. Some of the greatest European directors currently active today include Fatih Akin (Gegen Die Wand), Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), Michael Haneke (Das Weisse Band), Alejandro Amenábar (Los Otros), Francois Audiard (Un Prophète) and Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine). I also enjoy a lot of Danish auteurs such as Lars von Trier (Antichrist), Nicholas Winding Refn (Pusher) and Thomas Vinterberg (Festen).

What are your habits as a film-goer? Which cinema are you representing at 27 Times Cinema? What do you like most about this venue?

I go to the cinema very often, and I usually go with my friends, with my family or with my girlfriend. However, I also enjoy watching a film on my own if a film does not interest anyone else or if no-one is available to go but it is primarily a social event for me.
I represent Grand Teatret in Copenhagen, a popular venue for art-house films. Whereas many other venues primarily offer mainstream films, Grand Teatret specializes in a range of films not available elsewhere, and as an avid cinemagoer, this cinema is an absolute treasure where I have had many great film experiences since I moved to Copenhagen.

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