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Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark

My time in Copenhagen moves along, as I’m watching films and meeting filmmakers, speaking on panels and discovering new work. Copenhagen is a fun town, even if the sun is down by 5 p.m. It’s not nearly as cold as I feared, and the rain is sporadic. Each night we go out for a traditional Danish dinner, which has so far incorporated pot roast, duck, and fish. On Wednesday night, a small group of us decided to explore one of the more unusual attractions in the city: the Absolut Icebar. All they serve is Absolut vodka cocktails, and the entire place is wall-to-wall blocks of ice. To enter, you have to wear a ridiculous set of coat and gloves. You step inside, feeling like you’re in The Thing or the first 20 minutes of The Empire Strikes Back.

We enjoyed ourselves for about half an hour, and then decided we’d had our fix. The place is a worthy attraction, but you’re challenged to spend much time there. It’s just not fun for more than a little while, once the novelty wears thin. One documentary filmmaker in our group even quipped, “It’s hard to enjoy such unnecessary decadence after you spend the day watching films about global problems.” Kinda true, but I’m glad we did it. Now, it’s onto more films and less ice.

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