Indie World Film in Owatonna from UK: The Danish Girl

Indie film from UK

Indie and World Films at the Owatonna Public Library presented The Danish Girl, a 2015 British biographical drama loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener this past Thursday.

In mid-1920s Copenhagen, portrait artist Gerda Wegener asks her husband, landscape artist Einar Wegener, to stand in for a female model who is late to come to their flat to pose for a painting she's working on.

The act of Einar posing as a female figure unmasks his lifelong identification as a woman named Lili Elbe. This sets off a progression of leaving behind the identity of Einar, which he has struggled to maintain all his life. At first, the change is tentative and then becomes irreversible as Lili undergoes a new and controversial sex-reassignment procedure. The film follows the challenges faced by both Lili and Gerda as they navigate an unknown world.

U.K./119 minutes

For more information on this and all library programs, please visit the library, check their website or visit their Facebook page. All films become part of the permanent DVD collection after the final showing, and there is no charge for any programs at the library.

The 3rd floor Gainey Room has a widescreen Blu-ray projector, large screen, surround sound system, and upholstered seating. The meeting room also has hearing assisted looping technology which enhances the audio for patrons who use hearing devices with telecoil or T-coil.