Jorgen Leth Collection 19-21: Fiction Films
Though the element of fiction is far from dominant in Jorgen Leth's oeuvre, he has made two "fiction features", Interference (1983) and Traberg (1992). Both are set in Haiti and both revolve around a lost, searching male character. The protagonists vanish or are gradually ousted from the centre of the fiction, as the real world moves in with a violence and obsessive power that makes Haiti itself the true subject of both films. While Leth is hesitant, even noncommittal, about his lead characters' actions and ends, he never blinks when exploring the concrete reality of their chaotic surroundings.

As Leth says, "My whole project and experiment was to make a kind of collapsible fiction I could take with me, letting my foreign correspondent's story play out in a series of concrete situations, where reality would be not just a setting but a living co-player".

As an added bonus, this box set also contains Jorgen Leth and Per Kirkeby's 1979 TV-production of A Midsummer Night's Play (1979), an 1803 Danish Golden-Age classic by the Romantic poet Adam Oehlenschlager. Paying tribute to poetry, the production is faithful to the original text. Leth and Kirkeby present the play in tableau form, featuring the finest Danish actors of the day in a festive romp through Oehlenschlager's elaborate verse and metrics.

DVD9 + 2 x DVD5 | PAL | 324 min. | 7.22 Gb + 4.31 Gb + 4.32 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Dansk
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary, Drama

19. Udenrigskorrespondenten / Interference (1983), 92'
--. Interview with Danish Filmmaker Jorgen Leth (1982), 14'
--. Interview with Henning Jensen (2008), 15'

20. Traberg (1992), 93'
--. The Yellow Jersey (1986), 14'

21. Sanct Hansaften-Spil / A Midsummer Night's Playl (1979), 98'

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  2. Jorgen Leth Collection 01-05: De Antropologiske Film / Anthropological Films
  3. Jorgen Leth Collection 06-11: Sportsfilm / Sports Films
  4. Shilje sanghwang / State of Reality / Real Fiction (2000) DVD9
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