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March 23, 2014 | posted in Filmmakers
Mark Raso, writer and director of “Copenhagen,” fell in love with the city when he lived there for a year with his wife. His film is a coming of age story that questions the nature of forbidden relationships.
“I want to blur lines and open up our view of the world,” says Mark Raso. “We really should live in the grey area more often. People are not all good or all bad.”
And blur lines, he does. After the death of his father, the protagonist William travels to Copenhagen to seek his estranged grandfather. He meets a local girl, Effy, who decides to help him on his quest; however, she only makes matters more complicated for the confused character.
Like his main character, Raso found himself on his own quest, and came upon unexpected odds during production. But he was determined to bring his story to life.
“Copenhagen” shows all sides of the city from the iconic landmarks, like The Little Mermaid statue and Tivoli, as well as the hidden streets and dark corners.
“I wanted to get a little of the native experience,” he says, “and create the city to be like a character in the film.”
It wasn’t always easy for Raso and his crew. Filming on a budget in one of the most expensive cities in the world definitely comes with challenges.
“We didn’t really realize what we were up against,” says Raso, “but we were very lucky in a way.”
Raso won the Golden Ace Award for his short film “Under,” which helped bring attention to Raso and the development of “Copenhagen.” With the help of both sponsors and Danish volunteers, Raso completed the journey.
“It was a lot of work and I am very critical of my writing,” Raso says. “But I think it is a story worth telling.” Not only is it a story worth telling, audiences will connect with “Copenhagen” and it’s “smarmy main character,” according to Raso.
“People are complicated,” says Raso simply. “But there’s hope for everyone.”
— Molly Drake
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