Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark, 2019

139 min.DK/FeatureDrama

The story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James, and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again. At the centre of this crisis, we find hostage negotiator, Arthur, who plays a pivotal role in securing Daniel’s release.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Ser du månen, Daniel
Danish title Ser du månen, Daniel
Other titles Daniel
Director Niels Arden Oplev
Co-director Anders W. Berthelsen
Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen
Producer Morten Kaufmann, Signe Leick Jensen
Director of Photography Eric Kress
Editor Anne Østerud, Lars Therkelsen
Sound Bent Holm, Espen Rønning
Composer Johan Söderquist
Production designer Dorte Knirke Madelung
Casting Tanja Grunwald
Appearances Esben Smed, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sofie Torp, Sarah Hjort
Production country Denmark, Sweden, Norway
Production companies Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S
International sales TrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / 2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / info@trustnordisk.com / www.trustnordisk.com
Danish theatrical release 29.08.2019
Comment Based on an internationally bestselling book by Danish journalist Puk Damsgård, the film tells the true story of one of the most spectacular ISIS hostage-takings in recent times. Niels Arden Oplev directed the 2009 original Swedish version of ’The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ He has worked on US TV series such as ’Under the Dome’ and ’Mr. Robot’ and has directed the Hollywood feature films ’Dead Man Down’ and ’Flatliners’.
DFI subsidy Markedsordningen
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Production companies Toolbox Film
Co-producer Cinenic Film, Hummel Film, Deluca Film, Film i Väst
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, Svenska Filminstitutet, Norsk Filminstitutt, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Creative Europe
In collaboration with SVT, YLE, Oktober Oy
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S


Direction Niels Arden Oplev
Co-director Anders W. Berthelsen
1st assistant director Peter Hingebjerg
2nd assistant director Caroline Uggerhøj
Casting Tanja Grunwald
Casting: children Jette Termann
Extras coordinator Lotte Bundgaard


Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen


Producer Morten Kaufmann
Producer Signe Leick Jensen
Co-producer Annika Hellström
Co-producer Erika Malmgren
Co-producer Gudny Hummelvoll
Co-producer Morten Rasmussen
Co-producer Peter Possne
Executive producer Niels Arden Oplev
Executive producer Anders W. Berthelsen
Line producer Sanne Glæsel
Production manager Erika Malmgren
Production coordinator Sara Vase
Production coordinator Alberte Lorentzen-Rask
Production assistant Mathilde Bang
Production assistant Ida Fäldt
Production assistant Caroline Kamzol
Location manager Kenneth Berg
Location assistant Anders Ingemann
Location manager Balder Fors
Location scout Finn Richardt
Post Producer Mikael Windelin


Cinematographer Eric Kress
First assistant camera Henrik Kristensen
Key grip Mikael Kort


Still photographer Martin Dam Kristensen


Editor Anne Østerud
Editor Lars Therkelsen


Composer Johan Söderquist

Production design

Production designer Dorte Knirke Madelung
Art director Heidi Plugge
Property master Jacob Wirth Carlsen
Set dresser Rasmus Balslev-Olesen
Set dresser Karsten Holst
Set dresser Trine Jensen
Set dresser Maria Grieg Rusz


Costume designer Stine Thanning
Costume on set Mia Strøbech Damgaard


Chief makeup artist Jenny Fred
Makeup artist assistant Maj-Britt Hauermann


Sound designer Bent Holm
Sound designer Espen Rønning
Recording engineer Kenneth Gustavsen
Recording engineer Mark Norup
Boom operator Peter Slater
Boom operator Simon Jørgensen

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Ivar Rystad


Stunt coordinator Martin Zetterlund


Daniel Esben Smed
Arthur Anders W. Berthelsen
Anita Sofie Torp
Signe Sarah Hjort
Susanne Christiane Gjellerup Koch
Kjeld Jens Jørn Spottag
Christina Andrea Gadeberg
James Foley Toby Kebbell
Jeremy Ardalan Esmaili
Louis Samuel Brafman

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