London is usually known in the film industry as the Hollywood capital of Europe as all the big studios have their European headquarters here. Our multiplexes are full of American movies and we generally hold the European premieres of big blockbusters in London (and there's normally a lot of media coverage about them!). But for two weeks, we're kicking back at our commercial reputation by hosting a celebration of non-formulaic movies and that, in my eyes, is worth celebrating. Most importantly, it's a film festival aimed at the public so even you can get tickets.
You cannot half watch a Danish subtitled drama while tweeting, if you do you may well miss that vital clue or coalition negotiation. They force the viewer to put down their phone, switch off their laptop, slip on a nice knitted jumper and convince themselves that if they concentrate hard enough they really can understand Danish.
Imagine the scenario. It's the eve of a general election. Public satisfaction with the major parties of right and left is at an all-time low. In a televised debate the leader of a small, centrist party gives a stirring performance, surges ahead in the polls and wins the election, becoming prime minister of a multi-party coalition government.
A prime minister under pressure. A coalition government rebelling over whether money should be spent on a granddad at home or a 'bloke from Somalia' instead. A key finance bill is at stake. Deals are quickly made and unmade, alliances forged and broken, with an ever more pressing deadline that could see a premier fall... That was the dilemma at the heart of last week's Borgen - the Danish political thriller on BBC4.
There we were, thinking the end of The Killing meant we'd had our fill of Danish intrigue. Instead, BBC4 has cannily filled the Saturday night gap lef...