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Thirteen year-old Frits has fallen out of favour with the headmaster of his provincial school. The year is 1969. The world is changing rapidly and corporal punishment has been banned. The tyrannical headmaster, however, hasn’t bothered to notice. Frits spends his summer holidays watching the family’s first television, and is influenced by the winds of change. Martin Luther King’s speeches and dreams of a better life have armoured Frits with courage and the desire for rebellion. When the headmaster steps over the line during punishing Frits, the boy takes up battle against the authorities. He is helped by his father Peder, his mother Stine and a young, idealistic teacher, Freddie. Their unifying struggle for justice rocks the foundations of the quiet, agricultural community.

Original Title DRØMMEN
Category Official Competition
Section Free to Fly
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 106'
Production Year 2005
Nationality Denmark, United Kingdom
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Screenplay Niels Arden Oplev, Steen Bille
Script Niels Arden Oplev, Steen Bille
Director of photography Lars Vestergaard
Editor Søren B. Ebbe
Production Design Søren Skjær
Costume Design Manon Rasmussen
Sound Peter Schultz
Music Jacob Groth
Main cast Janus Dissing Rathke (Frits)
Steen Stig Lommer (Lehrer Olsen)
Bent Mejding (Lindum-Svendsen)
Anders W. Berthelsen (Freddie Svalve)
Jens Jørn Spottag (Peder)
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis (Stine)
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen

we shall overcome regNiels Arden Oplev

Born in 1961, he graduated in 1989 at Copenhagen University. His graduation film, WINTER’S END, starred Max von Sydow. In the following years Niels worked for television directing documentaries, short films, TV films and episodes of the series TAXI, UNIT ONE and THE EAGLE (the two last were awarded with a Emmy Award). In 1996 he directed his first feature film PORTLAND, selected in Berlin. His second film was the black comedy CHOP CHOP (2001).


Director’s statement

“This film is strongly influenced by my memory of that time. Much of the story and many of the characters are inspired by actual events and people from that time and from the place where I grew up. […] the film encompasses many emotions. Sometimes light and loving like heat vapours hovering above steaming asphalt on a summer’s day. Other times as cold as frightening as winter mist blanketing a frozen landscape”.

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