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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Saint Bernard Syndicate

St. Bernard Syndicate

2018, Mads Brügger, Denmark, 101 min.
Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus Bruun

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 8th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 9th 5:00pm

"It's funny where it counts, hilarious at times…with the leads sharing terrific chemistry."--Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

Mads Brügger, best-known for his provocative documentaries THE RED CHAPEL and THE AMBASSADOR, takes a turn toward wry, character-driven comedy in his first fiction film, a literal shaggy-dog story. As in his earlier films, Brügger depicts Europeans infiltrating foreign cultures, this time in the form of two Danish would-be wheeler-dealers who aim to grab a slice of the skyrocketing Chinese economy. Their plan is to peddle St. Bernard dogs, currently a status- symbol fad among wealthy Asians, but, soon after their arrival in booming Chongqing with a kidnapped pooch in tow, they find themselves in over the heads among poorly understood local customs and hardball business practices. Winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film benefits greatly from the odd-couple chemistry between the aggressive Frederik (Cilius), whose schemes usually backfire, and the low-key Rasmus (Bruun), whose seeming naïveté often gets better results. In Danish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. (MR)

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