Movie of Day: Giraffe (2019) by Anna Sofie Hartmann

A finely observed burgeoning romance is set against a rapidly changing landscape in Anna Sofie Hartmann’s spare and humane portrait of the dissolving boundaries of our ever more globalized world. Giraffe follows an ethnologist in her late thirties (Lisa Loven Kongsli) who has come to the remote island of Lolland in the south of Denmark. She’s here to study its inhabitants and record their traditions and objects before their homes are demolished to make way for a tunnel linking to Germany. Unexpectedly, she meets an attractive younger man (Jakub Gierszal), a laborer who’s been hired from Poland. Their beautifully etched love affair functions as the fictional centerpiece of an otherwise documentary-like exploration of belonging, memory, and work, featuring the island’s real inhabitants, whose way of life is about to change forever. Winner Viennale 2019, 3 nominations major international film festivals. Link Review: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/aug/07/giraffe-review-lisa-loven-kongsli. Link to watch: available 9-20 December during New Directors/ New Films Festival: https://virtual.filmlinc.org/film/giraffe/

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