The Danish comedy St. Bernard Syndicate by Mads Brügger (The Ambassador, The Red Chapel) is the Opening Film at the fourth edition of Valletta Film Festival.
The Opening Ceremony and Screening will take place on Friday 8 June 2018 at the flagship venue of the festival, the open-air theatre of Pjazza Teatru Rjal.
This first fiction film by Brügger, tells the story of two Danish men in their thirties who embark on a business adventure in China. At the center of the cross-cultural encounters is a 100 kg. St. Bernard dog that everyone loves. The film explores differences in values, about the role of dogs in the world, business conduit and gender relations; all in a dark comedy tone.
Talking about the project, Brügger said that he had always been fascinated with St. Bernard dogs and China and at some point he thought that if he would juxtapose St. Bernards and China, something interesting would happen.
“Right from the start I wanted to make a film that is fun, because in my mind St. Bernards signifies comedy. Not fun as Benny Hill is fun, but fun in a dark and disturbing kind of way, because I connect comedy with pain, poetry and embarrassment. With the St. Bernard Syndicate, I moved into an arena of fiction, which is an arena that I hadn’t stepped into before. But having dabbled with the genre Hybrid Cinema in my previous films, I found it natural progressing into full blown fiction”.
The film had its world premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival were it was awarded Best Screenplay Award and Best Actor Award (Rasmus Bruun).
About Mads Brügger
Journalist, television host, author, and filmmaker Mads Brügger was born in Denmark in 1972. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically acclaimed late-night television program The 11th Hour, as well as the daily news and debate programme Deadline.