Netflix: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen habla del boom de Borgen en la Argentina

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as the incorruptible Katrine Fonsmart, star journalist of the fictional public broadcaster TV1, in the Danish series Borgen Credit: Netflix

So belatedly, but with the same assurance that he gauges his daily fame, Bail It is one of the phenomena of the year in Argentina. The series, broadcast a decade ago by Danmarks Radio in Denmark, shines today on Netflix with its look at the secret plot and the intrigues of power together with the ambivalent relationship between politics and the media. The summation was an especially tempting cocktail for the Argentine public, which continues to recommend and celebrate it: “I’m so excited that Borgen has been taken to Argentina! I’m going to comment on my Instagram account “, says one of its protagonists exclusively for LA NACION from her home in Denmark, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, who plays the incorruptible journalist Katrine Fønsmark in the series.

Sørensen visited our country five years ago, within the framework of the Pinamar Screen festival, and arrived already converted into an absolute celebrity in her native land but as a beautiful and exotic although unknown actress here, which allowed her to walk the streets of Buenos Aires and tour the beaches of Pinar del Río without the presence of the fans, who today would intercept her at every step: “Very good people, very good wine. I was only there a few days but I would love to return one day,” she confesses in reference to the lightning trip managed by the Danish embassy that allowed him to intuit the city of Buenos Aires and the Buenos Aires coast, with a walk through Cariló included.

As a translation of the film that brought her to Argentina, with the coastal atmosphere and its sunsets on the beach, Birgitte was the protagonist of The passion of Mary, by the remembered Danish filmmaker Bille August (Pelle the conqueror). In this story, Birgitte exchanged official dispatches and journalistic vertigo for a story set at the beginning of the 20th century personifying Marie Krøyer, married to the great Danish painter Peder Severin Krøyer, recognized for the naturalism of his coastal landscapes: “Working with Bille August It was a pleasure, he is a legend for Danish cinema and I admit that I was nervous in the first interview. But he quickly made me feel very comfortable and created the right climate to act. That is a great virtue as a director “, Birgitte trusted in those hours in front of the sea. But today everyone wants to talk about Borgen again, how was his role in one of the most renowned Danish series of all time and the clues of a return that is sensed on the horizon

-After ten years, how do you remember Borgen?

-With love. It was like part of a family. I had just finished drama school when it all started, so I learned a lot by doing Bail. I learned about politics and journalism, but also about what it’s like to be part of a film crew. And this includes how to work with the camera, how to manage my energy during long days, how to handle a character arc with more than thirty episodes. Basically Bail taught me how to do my job.

I was just finishing drama school when the series began. Borgen taught me how to do my job: how to work with the camera, how to manage my energy, how to handle a character arc “”

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

-Inevitably one wonders what is truth and what is fiction in Borgen

-That’s a great question! I guess it’s all a bit true and a bit fictional. There are definitely recognizable themes and characters inspired by real people, but at the end of the day it is entertainment and therefore it is modified and pushed to the limit and that made it the most exciting show we could do. The real politicians in Denmark used to joke that we couldn’t show the many, many hours of boring meetings that they also have to sit down to participate in.

Mysterious media adviser Kasper Juul (Pilou Asbaek) and Katrine Fonsmart have a torturous romance that runs through the three seasons of the series, which will return with new chapters to Netflix only in 2022 Credit: netflix

-The other great series about power is House of Cards. What do you think are your most important differences?

-There are far fewer murders in Bail! In general I would say House of Cards it is more cynical. Conversely, Bail has great faith in democracy and in people. In Bail there is hope for a better world.

When asked if the role of the media in Denmark is as stated in the series, she trusts that “There are definitely similarities, but we are always talking about a fiction”, and adds that in her case: “I always investigate to do the roles, as was the case with Marie Kroyer, where I became internalized by reading biographies and seeing many paintings. In my case, each role involves a very exhaustive investigation. I always choose roles that make me advance as an artist, that happens with Borgen “

The debate that wins the victory to Birgitte Nyborg in Borgen’s first season


-Did you know from the beginning that your character would be so important?

-I knew that Katrine Fønsmark was one of the three main characters along with Birgitte Nyborg and Kasper Juul. But exactly how the story would unfold, no. In fact, it was created on the fly. As I pointed out, I did research and research the media to compose my character, but how Katrine would develop really became known along the way.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as the incorruptible Katrine Fonsmark (here with her editor, Torben Friis) in Borgen, the Danish series that gained a huge following after its delayed local premiere on Netflix.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as the incorruptible Katrine Fonsmark (here with her editor, Torben Friis) in Borgen, the Danish series that gained a huge following after its delayed local premiere on Netflix. Credit: BBC Four

-What is your other favorite character from the series and why?

-I always loved Torben Friis, Katrine’s boss in the beginning. It is very human. It’s fun, it tries its best, but it also fails. It is flawed and therefore so easy to relate to. And with Søren Malling, who plays it, we always have a lot of fun working together.

Before her visit to our country, Birgitte also came with the experience of working with Antonio Banderas at Automata: “It was a pleasure working with Antonio Banderas, and working on a new genre and theme for me, which led me to think a lot about our condition of mortal beings, “he confessed. Since then he has not stopped working and starred in several films and also participated in renowned series such as Game of Thrones, Vinyl (the Martin Scorsese series where he played Ingrid, Andy Warhol’s muse), and Greyzone. In theater she was known early as Roxie Hart in Chicago, which he performed in Copenhagen and London, and in his homeland he also played Geneviéve in the sunset. The umbrellas of Cherbourg; while on Broadway he did the same with Madame de Tourvel in Dangerous relationships and two years ago he starred A winter tale by Shakespeare at the prestigious Teater Republique in Copenhagen. Although it seems difficult to put a forced brake, Birgitte confirms that the Covid-19 pandemic coincided with the maternity leave for the birth of her second child, last April, and that this helped her to better cope with all these months that they have had the world in suspense. But of course, what has fans in suspense is to know more about the announced return of the series, scheduled for 2022, with the same cast and technical team, under the command of creator Adam Price.

-What can you tell us in advance about the new season of Bail?

-In fiction, ten years have passed, as in real life, so the characters are in very different places. And both the political and journalistic scene are also different, for example, the term “fake news” did not exist during the first three seasons. I can anticipate that the fourth season will have a little more perspective and will be more globally oriented.

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