TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)
Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening
Dennis, a 38-year-old bodybuilder, would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand.
He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis’ naive picture of what love should be like. Opens in NY Aug 22, 2012.
Director: Mads Matthiesen
Writers: Mads Matthiesen, Martin Zandvliet
Runtime: 92 min.
Distributor: Film Movement
Language: Danish | Thai | English
Starring: Kim Kold, David Winters and Elsebeth Steentoft
FESTIVALS: USA – Sundance Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NY; Luxembourg City Film Festival; Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic; Transylvania Int’l Film Festival, Romania
AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, World Cinema – Dramatic; Best Performance, Transylvania Int’l Film Festival
“A pleasurable character study [TEDDY BEAR] has a restrained charm and an emotional payoff.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“A surprisingly warm-hearted and complex drama … and writer/director Mads Matthiesen deserves praise for recognizing and developing it” -Tonight at the Movie