DENMARK 77 MIN, 2020
Lasse is a show dancer and loves the euphoria of the limelight. 15 years ago, he was known as Laze: a step-dancing pop star with the single hit ’Steppin Out’. Lasse has a party cocaine habit, which gets worse as the limelight fades. Since the release, his life has been a schizophrenic roller coaster ride with dance, drugs and prison sentences. Now, Lasse is heading to prison again, and he has decided that this will be the last time. Lasse wants to decisively cut ties with his chaotic life, where the dream of a career, a girlfriend and a family is being suffocated by drugs, death threats and the hunt for intensity. ’Show Dancer’ follows Lasse’s struggle to take control of his own life, where a prison sentence becomes a turning point. His longing for a life beyond addiction leads him to believe in a brighter future with an education and a family, but the simple life turns out to be harder than expected, and the pursuit of the intense life once again becomes a way out.
Graduated from The National Film School of Denmark’s documentary programme in 2013. His graduation film SNOW was selected for IFFR 2014 and was subsequently nominated for a Danish Academy Award in the category ‘Best short documentary’. The short fiction MELON RAINBOW (2015) was selected for IFFR and SXSW, later the same year it was screened in competition at Odense International Film Festival where it won the prize for «Best Danish Short». NEON HEART from 2018 was Flensted-Jensen’s feature debut and had its world premiere at San Sebastian International Film Festival in the New Directors-competition.
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The screening is supported by the Embassy of Denmark in Russia, Moscow