Midsommer

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Midsommer
Midsommer 2003 poster.jpg
English Midsummer
Directed by Carsten Myllerup
Produced by
  • Tomas Hostrup-Larsen
  • Rasmus Thorsen
Written by Rasmus Heisterberg
Starring
Music by Søren Hyldgaard
Edited by Mogens Hagedorn Christiansen
Production
companies
Cosmo Film
Release date
  • 7 February 2003 (2003-02-07) (Denmark)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Denmark
Sweden
Language Danish

Midsommer (English: Midsummer) is a 2003 psychological horror film directed by Carsten Myllerup and written by Rasmus Heisterberg.[1][2] The story revolves around a group of Danish students who celebrate their graduation in a Swedish forest, when they encounter a supernatural presence seemingly connected to a friend who recently committed suicide. Six months after the film's release in 2003, the film rights were purchased by Bill Block for an American remake.[3] The American version was reset to a Louisiana bayou and released in 2008 with the title Solstice.[4]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews from the Danish press.[5] The Berlingske Tidende awarded it 4 out of 6 stars, praising the films lighting, acting and effectiveness at providing surprising moments of fright, but criticized the rushed and confused quality of the film's latter half.[6] The Politiken appreciated the filmmaker's success in elevating the film beyond the typical teen horror flick but found the abundance of mysterious happenings to be over-the-top.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

A song from the soundtrack, "Transparent and Glasslike" by Carpark North, won the award for Best Song at Denmark's 21st Robert Awards.[8][9] The film also received both the Older Jury Award and Audience Award at the Leeds International Film Festival.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midsommer (2003)". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Midsummer / Midsommer". The Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Midsommergys solgt til USA" [Midsummer Horror sold to USA]. Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 3 September 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Niels Penke, ed. (2013). Der skandinavische Horrorfilm: Kultur- und ästhetikgeschichtliche Perspektiven [The Scandinavian Horrorfilm: cultural and aesthetic-historical perspectives] (in German). Bielefeld. p. 302-307. 
  5. ^ Calum, Per (6 February 2003). "Habilt underholdende". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gys i natten" [Horror in the Night]. Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 6 February 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Jensen, Anders Rou (7 February 2003). "Midsommer". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "»Arven« tog for sig af Robert'erne". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 1 February 2004. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Hartvig Nielsen, Stig (2 February 2004). "TV 2 med i 13 Robert-priser" (in Danish). TVnyt. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

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