Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma’s parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her mother talking about how tragic it must be to have your child kidnapped, Emma decides to stage her own kidnapping. She soon meets Malthe, a kind-hearted, child-like, naïve sewer cleaner who literally stumbles on to her. She convinces Malthe that she is a Russian princess whose family is being chased by Bolsheviks, so Malthe lets Emma stay with him in his very modest abode. After being “kidnapped” for a few days, Emma decides to return home. But, just as she is about to return, she overhears a couple of servants talking about how her parents don’t seem to be very upset over her dilemma. She then returns to Malthe and a close bond soon develops between Emma and Malthe. Meanwhile, the police are finally called and begin their investigation. Emma writes a ransom note for $2000, and her father pays it. Emma uses the money to buy Malthe some new clothes and to treat him to a “Russian” feast at the Grand Hotel. Just as they are leaving the hotel, the police finally catch up with them. Malthe believes the police want to return Emma to the Bolsheviks so he flees with her into the sewers. —IMDb
Born 1947, Danmark. Composer, song-writer, film director. Attended film school in Prague. Programme director for a number of years at DR TV. While his works from the eighties and nineties brought him a large Danish audience, they also brought him international renown. Kragh-Jacobsen is one of the Dogme brothers, in the company of Trier, Vinterberg and Levring.
Kragh-Jacobsen’s children’s classic »Gummi-Tarzan«/»Rubber Tarzen« (1981) was a winner at Moscow, Berlin and Gijon. »Skyggen af Emma«/»Emma’s Shadow« (1988) and »Drengene fra Sankt Petri«/»The Boys from St. Petri« (1991) were also successful on the festival circuit, while »Øen i fuglegaden«/»The Island on Bird Street« (1997) received numerous accolades at festivals, including Berlin. Two years later his dogme feature »Mifunes sidste sang«/»Mifune« (1999) received the Berlin Silver Bear. Among his prestigious awards is the Memorial Francois Truffaut Award from Giffoni. With his elleventh feature, »Det som ingen ved«/»What… read more