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Nd/Nf Review: Giraffe Takes a Melancholic Look at a Changing Denmark

Nd/Nf Review: Giraffe Takes a Melancholic Look at a Changing Denmark

Like Jia Zhangke’s Still Life, Giraffe is a fiction sketched around the margins of an infrastructure project, capturing impressions of life and landscape in a place across which the state will soon sweep like a hand across a countertop. Instead of Still Life’s Three Gorges Dam, which juxtaposed the epic scope of the Ccp’s ambition against the worker ants carrying the project out or being washed away in its wake, Giraffe’s Danish director Anna Sofie Hartmann tells a prototypical EU story of technocratic consensus and its faint, localized counterweight of regret over dying tradition.

To get to Copenhagen from the European mainland, a lot of people take ferry that leaves from Puttgarden in Germany and arrives in Rødby, on the island of Lolland. This route will soon be replaced by the Fehrman Belt Fixed Link, an 11-mile road and rail tunnel—the longest in the world

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