Archive Cinema City 2009.

Frygtelig lykkelig

Terribly Happy

Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Year: 2008.
Duration: 95 min

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Scenario: Henrik Ruben Genz, Dunja Gry Jensen, Erling Jepsen (novel)

Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia, Lars Brygmann, Anders Hove, Henrik Lykkegaard

Programme selection: Exit Point

Robert (Jakob Cedergren) has a number of skeletons in his closet, which he is determined to bury. Although hardly his dream job, Robert sees the position of temporary village constable as a necessary stage on the road to rehabilitation. He just needs to do well and generally behave by the book. However, village life and the macabre provincial order don't fit easily into Robert's plans. Nothing is ever straightforward, and certainly not when you are way out in the country.

About the director:
Henrik Ruben Genz (1959, Denmark) originally majored in drawing and printmaking in 1987 and later attended the National Film School of Denmark, graduating with his student film Omveje / Cross Roads in 1995, for which he received Best Film and Script Award at the Film School Festival in Munich. Subsequently, he worked at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR, directing a number of short films, documentaries and episodes of TV series.

Official site


Best Film, 2008 Flanders International Film Festival
Golden Spike, 2008 Valladolid International Film Festival

Silver Hugo, 2008 Chicago International Film Festival
Crystal Globe, Don Quijote Award - Special Mention, 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Best Music, Best Screenplay, 2008 Valladolid International Film Festival

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